An Expanding LoRa® Ecosystem
San Diego, California, October 5, 2017— CableLab’s selection of LoRa® for unlicensed spectrum IoT, tens of thousands of installed networks, devices that consume 1,000 times less power and new deployments in 20 of the largest US cities is upending the Internet of Things (IoT), according to a recent report by ON World.
“LoRa has emerged as a prime disruptor of LTE-M1 and NB-IoT with its support by network operators such as SoftBank (ARM), the cable/broadband industry and thousands of developers who are redefining the low power wide area (LPWA) IoT landscape,” said Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.
LoRaWAN networks continue to grow with deployments currently in 50+ countries worldwide. Many major European network operators including Bouygues, Orange, KPN, Proximus and Swisscom are deploying LoRa gateways in thousands of towers, driving new roaming standards, leveraging unlicensed spectrum and aggressively targeting enterprises. In Asia, SK Telecom has one of the first commercial public LoRa networks and SoftBank with partner Actility is deploying LoRa services in Japan. Public LoRa networks are growing across North America illustrated by Comcast’s machineQ service that will soon be in 20 major US cities.
There is fierce competition from other LPWA ecosystems that are using LTE- M1 (high data rate), Sigfox (very low data rate) and in the next few years NB-IoT (medium data rate) devices. While much of the competition targets the giant mobile/telecom industry, the cable industry has emerged as another force when it selected LoRa as its LPWA technology. CableLabs (DOCSIS) has created an open source LoRa Server, LoRa App Server and LoRa Gateway Bridge to integrate with their globally deployed gigabit Internet systems.
While much of the focus is on public networks, private networks are one of the key reasons there will be 494,000 LoRa networks installed worldwide by 2022. Private LoRa networks will make up two-thirds in the next five years.
LoRa’s open source networking has created a fertile developer community where startups and educational institutions are developing innovative IoT approaches. The University of Washington has achieved a revolutionary power profile for LoRa in a wide area network backscatter technique that is 1000X lower power than current LoRa chipsets and is capable of being powered with a printed battery for 10 cent devices that can transmit hundreds of meters indoors and up to 1 kilometer outdoors.
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