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By Rich Handley

LoRa Alliance Reports LoRaWAN Network Operator Milestone

The LoRa Alliance, a global association of companies backing the open LoRaWAN protocol for Internet of Things (IoT)-based low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), has announced that it experienced a great deal of growth in 2018, exceeding 100 LoRaWAN network operators globally by the end of last year. The wider availability of LoRaWAN networks, the organization indicates, makes it easier to deploy IoT solutions leveraging existing infrastructure, allowing products and solutions to be offered and connected.

More than 100 network operators have deployed and operate LoRaWAN networks, both public and private. In addition, the Alliance reports, the number of end devices connected to LoRaWAN networks tripled since the beginning of 2018, demonstrating significant acceleration of adoption compared with other technologies.

"Reaching this operator milestone is a major achievement for the LoRa Alliance," said Donna Moore, the LoRa Alliance's CEO and chairwoman, in a prepared statement. "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."

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

Public operators and private companies or individuals interested in deploying a LoRaWAN network can apply for a NetID from the LoRa Alliance. Companies interested in learning more or requesting a NetID allocation should contact admin@mail.lora-alliance.org.

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