LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) Networks Ecosystem: 2015 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts

Already prevalent in IoT applications such as smart metering, lighting control and parking management, LPWA networks are expected to make a significant contribution to the M2M and IoT ecosystem, with an estimated $27 Billion in service revenue by 2020. The report also presents market size forecasts from 2015 till 2030. The forecasts are segmented for 9 vertical markets and 6 regions.

Until recently, most M2M and IoT services have largely relied on licensed cellular, wireline and satellite networks for their wide area connectivity requirements. Cellular networks, in particular, have enjoyed significant success in the arena. However, for many low bandwidth IoT applications, traditional cellular networks are deemed too expensive due excessive power consumption and complex protocols that lower battery life. As a result, a number of LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) alternatives have emerged that specifically seek to address these concerns.

LPWA networks are optimized to provide wide area coverage with minimal power consumption. Typically reliant on unlicensed frequencies, LPWA devices have low data rates, long battery lives and can operate unattended for long periods of time.

Already prevalent in IoT applications such as smart metering, lighting control and parking management, LPWA networks are expected to make a significant contribution to the M2M and IoT ecosystem, with an estimated $27 Billion in service revenue by 2020.

The “LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) Networks Ecosystem: 2015 – 2030 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts” report presents an in-depth assessment of the LPWA networks ecosystem including LPWA technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, vertical market applications, deployment case studies, regulatory landscape, standardization, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents market size forecasts from 2015 till 2030. The forecasts are segmented for 9 vertical markets and 6 regions.

The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet suite covering quantitative data from all numeric forecasts presented in the report.

Topics Covered

The report covers the following topics:

  • LPWA networks ecosystem
  • Market drivers and barriers
  • LPWA technologies, spectrum bands and key trends
  • Assessment of competing cellular, satellite, wireline and short range networking technologies
  • Vertical market applications, opportunities and deployment case studies
  • Regulatory landscape and standardization
  • Industry roadmap and value chain
  • Profiles and strategies of over 80 leading ecosystem players
  • Strategic recommendations for ecosystem players
  • Market analysis and forecasts from 2015 till 2030

Historical Revenue & Forecast Segmentation

Connection and service revenue forecasts are provided for the following
submarkets:

Vertical Markets

  • Agriculture
  • Asset Management & Logistics
  • Automotive & Transportation
  • Consumer Applications & Home Automation
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Healthcare
  • Intelligent Buildings & Infrastructure
  • Public Safety, Security & Surveillance
  • Retail & Vending
  • Others

Regional Markets

  •  Asia Pacific
  •  Eastern Europe
  •  Middle East & Africa
  •  Latin & Central America
  •  North America
  •  Western Europe

Key Questions Answered

The report provides answers to the following key questions:

  • How big is the LPWA networks opportunity?
  • What trends, challenges and barriers are influencing its growth?
  • How is the ecosystem evolving by segment and region?
  • What will the market size be in 2020 and at what rate will it grow?
  • Which regions and submarkets will see the highest percentage of growth?
  • How are smart city initiatives driving LPWA network investments?
  • What are the key performance characteristics of LPWA technologies such as Sigfox, LoRa and NB-IOT?
  • How does regulation impact the adoption of LPWA networks?
  • Do LPWA networks pose a threat to cellular network technologies?
  • Who are the key market players and what are their strategies?
  • What strategies should LPWA technology providers, mobile operators, MVNOs, aggregators, IoT platform providers and other ecosystem players adopt to remain competitive?

Key Findings

The report has the following key findings:

  • Already prevalent in IoT applications such as smart metering, lighting control and parking management, LPWA networks are expected to make a significant contribution to the M2M and IoT ecosystem, with an estimated $27 Billion in service revenue by 2020.
  • As of Q4’2015, SNS Research estimates the cost of a typical LPWA module to be $5-20, depending on the specific technology. As LPWA network deployments mature, we expect that the cost per module can drop down to as low as $1-2 in volume quantities.
  • At present, a majority of LPWA networks operate in license-exempt spectrum primarily in sub-GHz bands. There are a number of ongoing initiatives that call for regulators to dedicate spectrum bands exclusively for LPWA networks as mass market adoption of unlicensed LPWA networks can result in significant interference.
  • Besides optimizing their cellular networks for M2M services, mobile operators are increasingly investing in their own carrier-grade LPWA networks to support low bandwidth IoT applications.

Table of Contents

1 Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 Executive Summary
1.2 Topics Covered
1.3 Historical Revenue & Forecast Segmentation
1.4 Key Questions Answered
1.5 Key Findings
1.6 Methodology
1.7 Target Audience
1.8 Companies & Organizations Mentioned

2 Chapter 2: An Overview of LPWA Networks
2.1 M2M Networks & the IoT Vision
2.1.1 What is M2M Technology?
2.1.2 The IoT Vision
2.1.3 M2M & IoT Architecture
2.2 The Limitations of Traditional M2M Networking Technologies
2.3 What are LPWA Networks?
2.4 Key Characteristics of LPWA Networks
2.4.1 Long Range & Strong Propagation
2.4.2 Star Network Topology
2.4.3 Low Data Rates
2.4.4 Low Power Consumption
2.4.5 Battery Life Requirements
2.4.6 Scalability
2.4.7 Low Cost Modules & Infrastructure
2.4.8 Supplementary Features
2.5 Market Growth Drivers
2.5.1 Addressing Low Throughput IoT Use Cases
2.5.2 Cost Saving Potential
2.5.3 Energy Saving: Towards Green IoT Networks
2.5.4 The 2G Sunset
2.5.5 Regulatory Initiatives & Mandates
2.5.6 Interest from Vertical Markets
2.5.7 Commitments by Industry Giants
2.6 Market Barriers
2.6.1 Lack of Standardization
2.6.2 Interference Concerns
2.6.3 Low Revenue per Connection
2.6.4 Integration Complexities

3 Chapter 3: LPWA Networking Technologies
3.1 UNB (Ultra Narrow Band)
3.1.1 Sigfox
3.1.2 Telensa
3.2 LoRa Alliance
3.2.1 Semtech’s LoRA RF Platform
3.2.2 LoRaWAN
3.2.3 Link Labs’ Symphony Link
3.3 Weightless SIG
3.3.1 Weightless-W
3.3.2 Weightless-N
3.3.3 Weightless-P
3.4 Ingenu’s RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access)
3.5 3GPP Technologies
3.5.1 NB-IOT (Narrow Band IOT)
3.5.2 Clean-Slate Approach: New Air Interface
3.5.3 NB-LTE (Narrow Band LTE)
3.5.4 EC-GSM (Extended Coverage GSM)
3.6 IEEE 802.11 ah & af
3.7 Spectrum Options for LPWA Networks
3.7.1 ISM (Industrial, Scientific, and Medical Radio) Bands
3.7.2 TVWS (TV White Spaces)
3.7.3 Licensed Spectrum
3.8 Competing M2M Networking Technologies
3.8.1 Traditional Cellular Networks
3.8.1.1 2G & 3G
3.8.1.2 LTE
3.8.1.3 5G
3.8.2 Satellite Communications
3.8.3 Wireline Networks
3.8.4 Short Range Networks
3.8.4.1 WiFi
3.8.4.2 Bluetooth
3.8.4.3 ZigBee
3.8.5 Others

4 Chapter 4: Vertical Market Applications, Opportunities & Case Studies
4.1 Agriculture
4.1.1 Precision Agriculture
4.1.2 Livestock Management
4.1.3 Agricultural Equipment Monitoring
4.2 Asset Management & Logistics
4.2.1 Maintaining Real-Time Asset Inventories
4.2.2 Supply Chain Visibility
4.2.3 Tracking Containers & Goods
4.2.4 Monitoring of Shipment Conditions
4.2.5 Other Applications
4.3 Automotive & Transportation
4.3.1 Tracking & Location Services
4.3.2 Remote Vehicle Management
4.3.3 Safety & Security
4.3.4 Other Applications
4.4 Consumer Applications & Home Automation
4.4.1 Wide Area Tracking
4.4.2 Sports & Fitness
4.4.3 Smart Homes & Intelligent Appliances
4.5 Energy & Utilities
4.5.1 Smart Metering
4.5.2 Applications in the Oil & Gas Sector
4.6 Healthcare
4.6.1 Health & Wellness Monitoring
4.6.2 Diagnostic Tools
4.6.3 Connected Prescription Reminders
4.6.4 Other Applications
4.7 Intelligent Buildings & Infrastructure
4.7.1 Intelligent Buildings
4.7.2 Public Infrastructure Management
4.7.3 Parking Management
4.7.4 Lighting Control
4.7.5 Waste Management
4.7.6 Environmental Monitoring & Other Applications
4.8 Public Safety, Security & Surveillance
4.8.1 Perimeter Access Control
4.8.2 Connected Security Alarms
4.8.3 Other Applications
4.9 Retail & Vending
4.9.1 POS (Point of Sale) Applications
4.9.2 Intelligent Shopping
4.9.3 Smart Restocking
4.9.4 Other Applications
4.10 Other Verticals
4.11 LPWA Deployment Case Studies
4.11.1 BT: Creating the UK’s First IoT Enabled Smart City
4.11.2 Du: Supporting Smart City Initiatives with LPWA Networking
4.11.3 Enevo: Waste Logistics Optimization
4.11.4 Securitas: LPWA Powered Home Security Monitoring
4.11.5 Senet: Optimizing Fuel Delivery with LPWA Networking
4.11.6 Smarteo Water: Enabling Smart Metering with LPWA Networking
4.11.7 Telensa: Smart Parking & Street Lighting
4.11.8 The Things Network: Crowdsouring IoT Networks

5 Chapter 5: Regulatory Landscape
5.1 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project)
5.2 LoRa Alliance
5.3 Weightless SIG
5.4 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
5.5 Wireless IoT Forum
5.6 GSMA

6 Chapter 6: Industry Roadmap & Value Chain
6.1 Industry Roadmap
6.1.1 2015 – 2020: Initial Rollouts to Support Smart City Applications
6.1.2 2020 – 2025: Moving Towards Licensed Spectrum & Technologies
6.1.3 2025 – 2030 & Beyond: Cannibalizing Legacy Cellular M2M Connections
6.2 Value Chain
6.2.1 Enabling Technology
6.2.1.1 Hardware Providers
6.2.1.2 Software Providers
6.2.2 Connectivity
6.2.2.1 Mobile Operators
6.2.2.2 MVNOs & Aggregators
6.2.3 Service Enablement
6.2.3.1 CDP (Connected Device Platform) Providers
6.2.3.2 Application Platform Providers
6.2.4 Vertical Solutions
6.2.4.1 System Integrators
6.2.4.2 Vertical Market Specialists
6.2.5 Other Ecosystem Players
6.2.5.1 Cloud Platform Providers
6.2.5.2 Big Data & Analytics Specialists
6.2.5.3 Supplementary Service Providers

7 Chapter 7: Key Market Players
7.1 Accellus Communication Networks
7.2 Actility
7.3 Adeunis RF
7.4 Aerea
7.5 AMBER Wireless
7.6 Arkessa
7.7 Arqiva
7.8 AT&T
7.9 Atim
7.10 Atmel Corporation
7.11 Augtek
7.12 AXSEM
7.13 Bouygues Telecom
7.14 BT Group
7.15 Cellnex Telecom (Abertis Telecom)
7.16 CG-Wireless
7.17 Cisco Systems
7.18 Digi International
7.19 DT (Deutsche Telekom)
7.20 Du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company)
7.21 Elster Group
7.22 Eolane
7.23 Ericsson
7.24 Etisalat Group
7.25 Eutelsat
7.26 FLASHNET
7.27 Helium Systems
7.28 Homerider Systems
7.29 Hope RF (Hope Microelectronics)
7.30 Huawei
7.31 IBM
7.32 IMST
7.33 Ingenu
7.34 Intel Corporation
7.35 Kerlink
7.36 KPN
7.37 Libelium
7.38 Link Labs
7.39 M2COMM (M?2;Communication)
7.40 M2M Spectrum Networks
7.41 Microchip Technology
7.42 Multi-Tech Systems
7.43 Nemeus
7.44 Nettrotter
7.45 NNNCo (National Narrowband Network Communications)
7.46 Nokia
7.47 NTT DoCoMo
7.48 Nwave Technologies
7.49 Orange
7.50 OrbiWise
7.51 PicoWAN
7.52 Plextek
7.53 Proximus Group
7.54 Qowiso
7.55 Qualcomm
7.56 Radiocrafts
7.57 Sagemcom
7.58 Samsara Networks
7.59 Samsung Electronics
7.60 Semtech Corporation
7.61 Senet
7.62 Sierra Wireless
7.63 Sigfox
7.64 Silicon Labs (Silicon Laboratories)
7.65 SimpleCell Networks
7.66 Singtel
7.67 SK Telecom
7.68 Stream Technologies
7.69 Swisscom
7.70 Tata Communications
7.71 Tele2
7.72 Telecom Design
7.73 Telecom Italia
7.74 Telefónica
7.75 Telensa
7.76 Telit Communications
7.77 Telkom SA
7.78 Telstra Corporation
7.79 The Things Network
7.80 TI (Texas Instruments)
7.81 U-blox
7.82 Vodafone Group
7.83 WAVIoT

8 Chapter 8: Market Analysis & Forecasts
8.1 Global Outlook of LPWA Networks
8.1.1 LPWA Network Connections
8.1.2 LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue
8.2 Connectivity vs. Application Services
8.2.1 Connectivity Revenue
8.2.2 IoT Application Service Revenue
8.3 Vertical Market Segmentation
8.3.1 Agriculture
8.3.2 Asset Management & Logistics
8.3.3 Automotive & Transportation
8.3.4 Consumer Applications & Home Automation
8.3.5 Energy & Utilities
8.3.6 Healthcare
8.3.7 Intelligent Buildings & Infrastructure
8.3.8 Public Safety, Security & Surveillance
8.3.9 Retail & Vending
8.3.10 Others
8.4 Regional Segmentation
8.4.1 Asia Pacific
8.4.2 Eastern Europe
8.4.3 Middle East & Africa
8.4.4 Latin & Central America
8.4.5 North America
8.4.6 Western Europe

9 Chapter 9: Conclusion & Strategic Recommendations

9.1 Why is the Market Poised to Grow?
9.2 Competitive Industry Landscape: Acquisitions, Alliances & Consolidation
9.3 Prospects of Licensed Spectrum for LPWA Networks
9.4 SWOT Analysis: LPWA vs. Competing Technologies
9.5 Geographic Outlook: Which Regions Offer the Highest Growth Potential?
9.6 Reducing LPWA Module Costs
9.7 Smart City Infrastructure Projects: Driving LPWA Network Rollouts
9.8 Impact on Mobile Operators: Opportunities & Challenges
9.9 Strategic Recommendations
9.9.1 LPWA Technology Providers
9.9.2 Other Enabling Technology Providers
9.9.3 Mobile Operators
9.9.4 MVNOs & Aggregators
9.9.5 IoT Platform Providers
9.9.6 System Integrators & Vertical Market Specialists


Figure 1: The IoT Vision
Figure 2: M2M & IoT Network Architecture
Figure 3: Global Wide Area M2M Connections by Technology: 2015 – 2030
Figure 4: Telensa’s Smart Lighting Solution
Figure 5: LoRaWAN Architecture
Figure 6: Comparison of Weightless Open LPWA Standards
Figure 7: LPWA Networks Industry Roadmap
Figure 8: LPWA Networks Value Chain
Figure 9: Global LPWA Network Connections: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 10: Global LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 11: Global LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue by Submarket: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 12: Global LPWA Network Connectivity Revenue: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 13: Global LPWA Network IoT Application Service Revenue: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 14: Global LPWA Network Connections by Vertical: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 15: Global LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue by Vertical: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 16: Global LPWA Network Connections in Agriculture: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 17: Global LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue in Agriculture: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 18: Global LPWA Network Connections in Asset Management & Logistics: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 19: Global LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue in Asset Management & Logistics: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 20: Global LPWA Network Connections in Automotive & Transportation: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 21: Global LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue in Automotive & Transportation: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 22: Global LPWA Network Connections in Consumer Applications & Home Automation: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 23: Global LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue in Consumer Applications & Home Automation: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 24: Global LPWA Network Connections in Energy & Utilities: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 25: Global LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue in Energy & Utilities: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 26: Global LPWA Network Connections in Healthcare: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 27: Global LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue in Healthcare: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 28: Global LPWA Network Connections in Intelligent Buildings & Infrastructure: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 29: Global LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue in Intelligent Buildings & Infrastructure: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 30: Global LPWA Network Connections in Public Safety, Security & Surveillance: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 31: Global LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue in Public Safety, Security & Surveillance: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 32: Global LPWA Network Connections in Retail & Vending: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 33: Global LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue in Retail & Vending: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 34: Global LPWA Network Connections in Other Verticals: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 35: Global LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue in Other Verticals: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 36: LPWA Network Connections by Region: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 37: LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue by Region: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 38: Asia Pacific LPWA Network Connections: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 39: Asia Pacific LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 40: Eastern Europe LPWA Network Connections: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 41: Eastern Europe LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 42: Middle East & Africa LPWA Network Connections: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 43: Middle East & Africa LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 44: Latin & Central America LPWA Network Connections: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 45: Latin & Central America LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 46: North America LPWA Network Connections: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 47: North America LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 48: Western Europe LPWA Network Connections: 2015 – 2030 (Millions)
Figure 49: Western Europe LPWA Network IoT Service Revenue: 2015 – 2030 ($ Billion)
Figure 50: SWOT Matrix: LPWA vs. Competing M2M Networking Technologies
Figure 51: Price Breakdown of an LPWA Module

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