LPWAN Market Report 2021–2026

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133-page industry market report examining the low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) space. Including:

  • Market size and outlook 2015–2026, with 62 market data tables for:
    • Annual module shipments and deployed end-nodes by technology
    • Cumulative installed base by technology, region, and market segment
  • Overview of customer alternatives to LPWANs, specifically mesh NANs and low-power satellite IoT technologies
  • Competitive landscape analysis, including:
    • 2-page in-depth profiles of the four leading LPWAN technologies, i.e., LoRa, Sigfox, NB-IoT, and LTE-M
    • Overview of six other LPWAN technologies (mioty, Weightless, RPMA, Wize, Telensa, and NB-Fi), with both business- and technology-related details
  • Detailed use case analysis, examining how well the 4 main LPWANs (LoRa, Sigfox, NB-IoT, and LTE-M) can satisfy the typical technical requirements of 35 key use cases
  • 18 insights on recent LPWAN market developments and trends
  • 6 detailed case studies of successful large-scale deployments of LPWAN technologies in 2020–2021
  • Database of 262 key vendors active in the LPWAN space
  • Database of 215 real-world LPWAN projects

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LPWAN Market Report 2021-2026

This third edition of IoT Analytics’ LPWAN report delivers IoT Analytics’ view of the LPWAN market for the 2021–2026 period. The first version, released in September 2018, was a holistic market report that included a deep technological overview of LPWAN technologies, an analysis of the key use cases in each vertical, and market trends and forecasts for the 2017–2023 period. The second version, published in January 2020, was an update of that first report, and it focused on the main developments and trends in the LPWAN market during 2019 and provided an updated market forecast for the global LPWAN market in 2020–2025 by technology, region, and industry.

This third edition of the LPWAN market report provides an assessment of the current LPWAN market in Q4/2021, entailing an updated market sizing, a view of the competitive landscape, and a comprehensive summary of recent market developments, including numerous detailed insights uncovered by the IoT Analytics analyst team during the past 18 months. These insights are based on over 50 individual interviews and discussions, attendance at various presentations, and individual secondary research.

Each insight in this report is substantiated with relevant examples and evidence.

Questions answered in this report:

  • What are low-power wide-area networks, and which technologies are currently competing on the market?
  • Which other technologies can be used as an alternative to LPWANs?
  • What are the key use cases addressed by LPWANs?
  • What is the current state of the four leading LPWAN technologies (LoRa, Sigfox, NB-IoT, and LTE-M)?
  • What are analysts’ insights regarding recent LPWAN market developments and current trends?
  • How big is the LPWAN market today, and how fast it is growing?
  • Which LPWAN technologies are leading the market growth, and what are their market shares?
  • How is the LPWAN market developing in nine market segments?
  • How is the LPWAN market developing in five regions?
  • What do six recent case studies reveal about large-scale LPWAN deployments?

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At a glance:

Low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs or LPWA networks) are a set of wireless communication technologies designed for power-efficient, long-range communication from simple IoT devices. As such, they complement existing wireless technologies in addressing the wide range of requirements of IoT use cases and applications.

LPWAN Market Report 2021–2026 - Definition

Descriptions of 13 key concepts are included to better understand LPWAN technologies.

LPWAN Market Report 2021–2026 - Fundamentals to understand LPWAN

The report contains technology profiles for the 4 main LPWANs currently on the market.

LPWAN Market Report 2021–2026 - Technology profile

This market report breaks down the global LPWAN market by overall market, region, and industry.

LPWAN Market Report 2021–2026 - Global LPWAN Market forecast

It also provides a breakdown of its major technologies (LoRa, Sigfox, NB-IoT, LTE-M, Others).

LPWAN Market Report 2021–2026 - Global LPWAN Market forecast by technology

Market forecasts are available for the 4 main technologies (LoRa, Sigfox, NB-IoT, and LTE-M), with breakdowns by region, industry, and more.

LPWAN Market Report 2021–2026 - LPWAN Technology Market forecast by vertical

Accompanying lists of LPWAN vendors and LPWAN projects are included (only Team User License or higher).

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6 detailed examples of LPWAN deployments in mid- and large-scale projects during 2020–2021 are included in the report as case studies.

LPWAN Market Report 2021–2026 - Case Study

Selected companies from the report:

1nce, Abeeway, Actility, Amazon, Astrocast, AT&T, Behr Technologies, BICS, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Heliot Europe, Helium, Huawei, MachineQ, Multitech, Pycom, Quectel, Semtech, Senet, Sensoneo, Sierra Wireless, Sigfox, Sony Semiconductors Israel, Swarm Technologies, Telefonica, Telenor Connexion, Telit, Telstra, Ubiik, ublox, Unabiz, Vodafone, and 230+ more.

Related Reading:

IoT Analytics’ blog post “5 things to know about the LPWAN market in 2021” is derived from the report.

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Publication date

October 2021


133 page industry Market Report examining the Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) space + EXCEL

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Table of Contents

LPWAN Market Report 2021-2026 (PDF)

1. Executive Summary

2. Topic at a glance
2.1 LPWAN and design principles
2.2 LPWANs vs. other IoT wireless technologies
2.3 Overview of commercially available LPWANs
2.4 Overview of 35 key LPWAN use cases

3. Fundamental Concepts to Understand LPWANs
3.1 Overview
3.2 Radio spectrum regulations
3.3 Radio spectrum licensing
3.4 Network topology
3.5 Network deployment models
3.6 Link budget
3.7 Receiver sensitivity
3.8 Signal-to-noise ratio
3.9 Bit error rate
3.10 Channel capacity
3.11 Modulation
3.12 Media access control
3.13 Spread spectrum techniques
3.14 Bandwidth occupancy

4. Customer Alternatives to LPWANs
4.1 Overview
4.2 Mesh NAN
4.3 Low-power satellite IoT

5. Competitive Landscape
5.1 Overview of leading LPWAN technologies
5.1.1 LoRa/LoRaWAN profile
5.1.2 Sigfox profile
5.1.3 NB-IoT profile
5.1.4 LTE-M profile
5.2 Overview of other LPWAN technologies
5.3 Vendor landscape

6. Use Cases Analysis
6.1 Disclaimer
6.2 Typical application requirements
6.3 Suitability of LPWAN technologies

7. Recent Developments and Trends
7.1 Overview
7.2 Global market environment
7.3 Unlicensed LPWAN
7.4 Cellular LPWAN

8. Market Size and Outlook
8.1 Global LPWAN market
8.2 LoRa market
8.3 Sigfox market
8.4 NB-IoT market
8.5 LTE-M market

9. Recent Case Studies

10. Methodology and Market Definitions

11. About IoT Analytics

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