LoRa, which stands for Long Range, is a wireless technology widely acknowledged for its ability to send small amount of data over wide distances. LoRa is one of the pillars of low power wide area (LPWA) network technologies that are going to help bolster the adoption of Massive IoT, because they are purpose built for low powered and battery operated devices within a vast ecosystem of IoT – think agriculture where soil sensors are taking quick, semi-infrequent readings of moisture, pH, etc.
LPWA is divided into two classifications. On one side, there is cellular LPWA, which leverages a mobile network – and those include Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and Long Term Machine Type Communications (LTE-M). LoRa is a non-cellular LPWA network that distributes information across different frequency channels and data rates using encoded packets.
LoRaWAN is the network protocol that links the LoRa signal (sensor data) to the application(s). To put it simply, LoRa is the radio signal that carries the data, and LoRaWAN is the communication protocol that controls and defines how that data is communicated across the network.
The key benefits of LoRaWAN are that it provides low power, wide range, and cost-effective connectivity for devices that don’t require high data transmission rates and it’s a great option when cellular is too expensive or Wi-Fi coverage isn’t available. A few of the best use cases include:
According to the LoRa Alliance, which is the associated that supports the LoRaWAN protocol, as well as the LPWA specification, there are 163 LoRaWAN network operators in 177 countries. With the ability to host large-scale IoT applications at a reasonable cost, LoRaWAN is anticipated to grow steadily in the next few years. According to ABI Research, by 2026, LoRa is anticipated to be the leading non-cellular LPWA network technology and will account for more than a quarter of all LPWA network connections.
KORE is working closely together with Everynet, the world’s largest network operator for national LoRaWAN networks, to expand LoRaWAN into the United States. This expansion is driven from deploying LoRaWAN networks in Brazil, where LoRa is a more widely deployed connectivity option.
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