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Western Europe Low Power/Wide Area (LPWA) Forecast, 2017–2021

Western Europe Low Power/Wide Area (LPWA) Forecast, 2017–2021

This IDC study forecasts the Western European low power/wide area (LPWA) market and analyzes trends and drivers in LPWA adoption. It includes connections and revenues for both the specialized wireless and specialized cellular segments across 16 European countries (available upon request). This document contains projected data for 2017–2021.IoT connections growth is set to increase in pace, as a result of general growth in IoT demand as well as the introduction of LPWA connectivity services. IDC predicts that Western European LPWA connections will grow at a CAGR of 51% over the forecast period, increasing to reach 308 million connections in 2021 (from 38.4 million in 2017). Spending will grow accordingly and LPWA spending in Western Europe is expected to increase from $94 million in 2017 to $458 million in 2021. However, average spending per connection (ASPC) will be diluted because prices for LPWA connectivity will be lower than for conventional cellular machine to machine (M2M).An increasing number of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices generate only small amounts of data and need to operate on much lower levels of power than what current mobile cellular networks can support. LPWA connectivity on mobile networks have just been standardized, and networks are now at a pilot stage. "Starting mid-2017, LPWA services and solutions will become available in large volumes for commercial use," said Rosie Secchi, research manager, IDC European Mobile Communications. "However, there is already a growing demand for LPWA connectivity. To fulfill customer needs, LPWA solutions have been developed using proprietary technology in unlicensed radio spectrum. By using these dedicated LPWA solutions, market players can sign up customers without delay for multiyear contracts."

Please Note: Extended description available upon request.

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