SNS Research: LPWA to Reach $23B in Service Revenue by 2020
Thursday, December 01, 2016 | Comments

SNS Research's latest report indicates that licensed Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) technologies will account for more than 35 percent of all low power wide area (LPWA) network connections by 2020. LPWA networks are optimized to provide wide-area coverage with minimal power consumption, with an estimated $23 billion in service revenue by 2020.

Until recently, most machine to machine (M2M) and internet of things (IoT) services have largely relied on licensed cellular, wireline and satellite networks for their wide-area connectivity requirements. Cellular networks have enjoyed significant success in the arena.

However, for many low-bandwidth IoT applications, traditional cellular networks are deemed too expensive because of excessive power consumption and complex protocols that lower battery life. As a result, a number of LPWA alternatives have emerged that specifically seek to address these concerns. 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.

A majority of LPWA networks are based on proprietary technologies and operate in license-exempt spectrum primarily in sub-Gigahertz bands. However, with the recent completion of the NB-IoT, LTE Cat-M1 and EC-GSM-IoT standards by the 3GPP, mobile operators are investing in software upgrades to build their own carrier-grade LPWA networks. By 2020, SNS Research estimates that more than 35 percent of all LPWA profile IoT devices will be served by 3GPP networks operating in licensed spectrum.

As of the fourth quarter, SNS Research estimated the cost of a typical LPWA module to be $4 to $18, depending on the specific technology. As LPWA network deployments mature, the company expects that the cost per module can decrease to as low as $1 to $2 in volume quantities.

The “LPWA Networks Ecosystem: 2017 – 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 2017 through 2030. The forecasts are segmented for four technology submarkets, nine vertical markets and six regions.

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