Long range wide area networks (LoRaWAN), a standard for the internet of things (IoT) low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), have grown 66% in the past three years, according to data released by the LoRa Alliance.
The news shows that connectivity for IoT devices globally is in high demand and as more of these devices and applications are enabled, the more these networks will be needed.
While public LPWAN network deployment has typically been driven by mobile network operators (MNOs), the recent growth has been driven by non-MNOs that are building dedicated infrastructure to support the needs of LPWAN IoT.
This growth was accelerated by satellite and community LoRaWAN network providers as well as roaming availability in more than 23 countries. Simultaneously, private networks are also growing fast, showing the diversity in the standard with public, community, satellite and private networks available for users, the LoRa Alliance said.
“LoRaWAN network operators are building new types of infrastructure to meet future IoT networking requirements,” said Donna Moore, CEO and chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance. “This evolution in the types of networks and network providers is expected—and a sign of a healthy and vibrant market. These new network players are nimble, agile and able to grow beyond the constraints of pre-existing network infrastructure.”
The LoRa Alliance claims that the LoRaWAN standard is the only LPWAN that is providing a choice of network types.
Another reason for growth in the LoRaWAN networks is the infrastructure is low cost, easy to deploy and offers flexibility.
“The installed base of LPWAN devices will exceed 2 billion units in 2025,” said Steve Hoffenberg, director and industry analyst at market research firm VDC Research. “With LoRaWAN’s low-cost gateways, ready adaptability to both public and private networks, and satellite capability, it is uniquely positioned to bring connectivity to the widest range of devices and places, helping to drive the market growth of LPWANs.”