LoRaWAN ‘sees’ growth of over 60 percent in 2018 covering nearly 100 countries

February 13, 2019 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
LoRaWAN ‘sees’ growth of over 60 percent in 2018 covering nearly 100 countries
Experiencing massive growth of over 60 percent in 2018, the LoRaWAN protocol for IoT LPWANs now reaches close to 100 countries with both public and private network deployments passing the 100 networks milestone.

According to Donna Moore, CEO and Chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance, the phenomenal growth in LoraWAN deployments of over 60 percent in 2018 underscores how rapidly the technology is being adopted, especially when one considers that the LoRa Alliance is only just over 3 years old.

Based on a chirp modulation spectrum, LoRaWAN delivers the lowest power network versus distance making it ideal for most IoT devices that are either low-bandwidth or transmit infrequently, and especially those that rely on battery power or energy harvesting.

LoRaWAN networks are being actively deployed globally, with the Asia-Pacific and European regions showing the most growth, at 30% and 50%, respectively, throughout 2018. Regional specifications are established in all key regions with additional regions being added continuously. The total operator investment in LoRaWAN is significant on a global basis, offering compelling proof that network operators are making a long-term commitment to the LoRaWAN standard and supporting the market demand for IoT applications.

Donna Moore explains why LoRaWAN is the best choice, “Only LoRaWAN has strong, established networks with broad coverage areas, while also offering the private network option. For companies looking to launch IoT products and solutions today, the LoRaWAN standard is the only viable solution. Features like firmware updates over the air and the fact that LoRaWAN is an open specification with a robust certification program ensure network and device interoperability. These benefits give confidence to the market that companies are future-proofed and can deploy solutions today with assurance they will work in the future.”

See also: Latest LoRaWAN specs standardize firmware updates OTA

The adoption of LoRaWAN is driven by a variety of factors, including support for private network capability, a key factor driving growth, especially for industrial installations where companies want to have full control over their network, access and data. In addition, the ability to provide firmware updates over the air (FUOTA) is a key differentiator and critical for future-proofing today’s deployments.

See also: Semtech and CRA cover 75% of the Czech Republic with LoRaWAN


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