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Amazon Sidewalk and Helium LongFi put pressure on operators’ consumer and business IoT propositions

Michele Mackenzie Principal Analyst, Research

"When enough of Amazon's Sidewalk gateways are deployed, they will form city-wide mesh networks that could compete directly with LPWA networks such as NB-IoT, at least for some applications."

Helium announced Helium LongFi shortly after raising USD15 million series C funding in June 2019 and Amazon announced Amazon Sidewalk at its Alexa event in September 2019 – two potentially disruptive IoT networks. Both technologies are designed to support connectivity requirements beyond the range of Wi-Fi and can be characterised as serving a 'neighbourhood'. They will support largely static or low-mobility assets and will provide location data. When enough gateways are deployed, they will form a city-wide mesh network that could compete directly with LPWA networks such as NB-IoT, at least for some applications.