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LoRa Alliance looks to provide global roaming support

16 December 2021

The LoRa Alliance is looking to increase access to its networks to provide global roaming deployments.

The long-range wide area network (LoRaWAN) standard is designed for internet of things (IoT) low power wide area networks (LPWANs).

The Alliance said it has enhanced and expanded its LoRaWAN NetID program, a 24-bit network identifier assigned to LoRaWAN networks to allow network traffic to be recognized. The IDs are essential for roaming because devices that leave a home network need to use a unique identifier that can be globally identified and allow roaming partners to recognize the device traffic.

“LoRaWAN is an open global standard with full roaming capabilities already available internationally and via satellite,” said Donna Moore, CEO and chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance. “LoRaWAN is rapidly becoming ubiquitous. To support all LoRaWAN users for roaming worldwide, we have increased access to our NetID program, growing LoRaWAN’s reach and enabling true global roaming.”

Members and non-members

The expansion of the NetID program will allow members to grow networks and increase access to roaming. Members of the LoRa Alliance will continue to receive NetIDs as part of their membership but under the new program, LoRa Alliance members who want supplemental NetIDs will be able to license an unlimited number of Type 7 NetIDs for a management fee.

Companies that are not members of the LoRa Alliance are now able to purchase and license a limited number of Type 7 NetIDs and those that require more will be encouraged to join the LoRa Alliance.

The Alliance said the NetID extension will help address new applications and stronger connections among members as well as drive new business opportunities for companies. It will also pave the way for scaling LoRaWAN operations to the global IoT market.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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