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LPWA networks index 1Q 2018

Aris Xylouris Analyst, Research

"Low-power, wide-area (LPWA) networks, a little-known niche until recently, continue to be rolled out by both established operators and newcomers in the markets."

Our LPWA networks index tracks LPWA network launches, and provides information on the technologies used, stage of evolution and coverage. It presents a view of operators' latest initiatives to establish IoT and M2M networks and their choice of technology.



This tracker provides information about roll-out plans, stages of evolution, and coverage for networks that use technologies in:

  • unlicensed spectrum (Ingenu, LoRa Alliance, Sigfox, Weightless)
  • licensed spectrum (EC-GSM, GSM, LTE-M, NB-IoT).



Worldwide data in this tracker can be filtered according to eight geographical regions.

  • Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
  • Developed Asia–Pacific (DVAP)
  • Emerging Asia–Pacific (EMAP)
  • Latin America (LATAM)


  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • North America (NA)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
  • Western Europe (WE)