This IDC study focuses on the main options available to mobile operators for offering LPWA connectivity services. It examines the pros and cons of these options as well as the factors that will come into play when mobile operators choose between them. It reviews the ways in which the European mobile operators are approaching the question of LPWA connectivity, and provides some in-depth case studies of major European operators' LPWA strategies and deployments."Any mobile operator with a substantial enterprise business should be evaluating the deployment of LPWA coverage," said John Delaney, associate vice president, IDC European Mobility. "Many IoT applications involve devices that generate small amounts of data and remain unattended for a very long time. Such devices need to operate on much lower levels of power than conventional mobile networks can support."
In This Study
IoT Applications Need a New Kind of Connectivity
The Growing Need for Low-Power Networks
IoT Applications and Connectivity Requirements
Emerging Technologies for LPWA Connectivity
Dedicated LPWA Networks in Unlicensed Spectrum
Adapting Mobile Networks for Low-Power Applications
LPWA Upgrades for 2G (GSM) networks
LPWA Upgrades for 4G (LTE) Networks
Choices and Timelines for LPWA Connectivity Deployment
An Overview of European Operators and LPWA Connectivity
Committed, Pragmatic, or Skeptical?
LPWA Activities of European Mobile Operators
Case Studies in LPWA Strategy for Mobile Operators