NB-IoT, CAT-M, SIGFOX & LoRa Battle for Dominance Drives Global LPWA Network Connections to Pass 1 Billion by 2023 (內附中文)

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LONDON – June 11, 2018 – by PRNewswire  Cellular and non-cellular LPWA network connections will grow globally at a 53% CAGR until 2023, driven by market growth in smart meters and asset trackers, according to a new report from ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologies. In 2017, smart meters and asset trackers contributed to almost three-quarters of all LPWA network connections, dominated by non-cellular LPWA network technologies. However, by 2023, non-cellular LPWA will cede its market share dominance to NB-IoT and LTE-M, as cellular LPWA moves to capture over 55% of LPWA connections. Regionally, although Western Europe and North America witnessed early deployments of public LPWA networks, the Asia-pacific, especially China, has been a pivotal market for driving large-scale adoption of NB-IoT and LoRa.

“Asset tracking applications traditionally relied on complex, expensive solutions to track high-value assets. LPWA network technologies are making it feasible to build simple, small, and low-cost footprint devices that can track and monitor everything from sea-freight containers to bicycles, patients to pets, supermarket trolleys to pallets, paving the way for new innovative solutions and business opportunities,” said Adarsh Krishnan, Principal Analyst at ABI Research. Asset tracking, which includes tracking stationary or slow-moving assets, will have the largest share of LPWA connections in 2023, accounting for over 45% worldwide.

Smart meters deployed by energy and water utilities will be the second largest vertical IoT application in 2023 contributing over one-third of the global LPWA device connections.  Early adoption from meter vendors such as Sensus, Itron, Kamstrup, Arad, and Holley metering means that non-cellular LPWA technologies are well positioned to capture two-thirds of the LPWA connections in smart meters by 2023.

In 2017, SIGFOX had the largest share of public LPWA connections worldwide benefiting from its first mover advantage in Europe. “SIGFOX has continued to stay a step ahead in public LPWA networks with the roll-out of the Monarch cognitive network service in early 2018. The Monarch service enables SIGFOX devices to automatically adapt to radio frequency changes allowing for seamless roaming across SIGFOX networks,” Krishnan explained. Louis Vuitton’s Echo travel bag tracker was the first commercial SIGFOX device to leverage the Monarch service in over 100 airports across 26 countries. In contrast, LoRa gained significant market share as a popular connectivity technology for private networks, witnessing over 54% year-on-year growth in 2017.

Private LPWA networks, built to address a single vertical application or an individual enterprise, have been a popular choice for over a decade and accounted for 93% of LPWA connections in 2017. LoRa and other noncellular LPWA technologies have benefited from the decreasing cost of IC’s, low implementation costs and flexibility of private networks that can be tailored to meet specific enterprise IoT applications. LoRa has witnessed exponential growth in APAC, especially in China where ZTE has deployed China LoRa Application Alliance (CLAA) LoRa networks in 40 Chinese cities and is starting to ramp-up deployment of smart meters, parking sensors, air-quality monitoring sensors and other smart city solutions.  However, as the geographic footprint of public networks rapidly expands, cellular and non-cellular public networks will capture over 70% of LPWA connections by 2023.

These findings are from ABI Research’s Low-Power Wide Area Network Market Data report. This report is part of the company’s M2M, IoT & IoE research service, which includes research, data, and Executive Foresights.


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資產追踪定位傳統上的應用是依靠複雜而昂貴的方式來追踪高價值資產,LPWA技術使其構建成簡單、小型和低成本的設備,運用在追蹤及監控從海運貨櫃到自行車、病人、寵物、超市手推車、棧板等所有事物,為創新解決方案和商業機會鋪路。ABI Research首席分析師Adarsh Krishnan表示,資產追踪定位包括追踪固定或緩慢移動的資產。到2023年,將擁有全球LPWA物聯網裝置45%以上的市占率。


Krishnan解釋,2017年,來自法國新創獨角獸-SIGFOX擁有全球公共LPWA連接裝置最大的市佔率,主要受益於在歐洲的先行者優勢。隨著在2018年初首次推出的SIGFOX Monarch cognition service(SIGFOX Monarch網路認知服務),讓SIGFOX持續在公共LPWA領域中不斷保持領先。這項服務使SIGFOX設備能夠自動適應無線頻率變化,實現SIGFOX網絡的無國界漫遊,帶你走遍全世界。Luis Vuitton的 Echo(行李追蹤器)是第一個利用SIGFOX Monarch服務,在全球26個國家、100多個機場使用SIGFOX技術方案的商業化設備。相較之下,LoRa作為專用網絡的普遍連接技術獲得了顯著成長。與前一年同期相比,增長超過54%。

在過去的十年中,為單個垂直應用或企業建構專用LPWA非常普遍,這也說明在2017年占了LPWA連接裝置比例達到93%。LoRa和其他非LPWA技術大幅成長,主要受益於IC晶片的成本下降,網絡的低建置成本和高靈活性,可以滿足特定企業物聯網應用的需求。 LoRa在亞太地區呈現指數成長,特別是在中國。中興通訊(中國大陸跨國科技公司)已在國內40個城市部署了中國LoRa應用聯盟(CLAA),推廣LoRa技術應用,並開始加快部署智慧電錶,停車感測器,空氣質量監測和其他智慧城市解決方案。但是,隨著公共網路的覆蓋範圍迅速擴大,到2023年,蜂巢和非蜂巢式網路將佔用超過LPWA連接裝置的70%。

這些調查結果來自ABI Research的低功耗廣域網市場數據報告。 本報告是該公司的M2M、物聯網和IoE研究服務的一部分,該服務包括研究,數據和前瞻預測。