The Significance of a National Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN)

IoT applications have a range of requirements with many enterprise applications relying on long-range, low data rate, low energy consumption, and cost effective connectivity. Solutions based on cellular communications (e.g., 2G, 3G, and 4G) can provide larger coverage but they consume excessive device energy. Therefore, the requirements of IoT applications have driven the emergence of a new wireless communication technology: Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN). These comprise a range of technologies which offer large coverage and low energy consumption, often using unlicensed spectrum.

Historically the UK has been a champion in mobile telecoms. However, other countries have established themselves as leaders in LPWAN development from an early stage12. In 4G terms, the UK was behind more than 40 countries to launch services, indicating a loss of outright technological and commercial leadership, perhaps due to the ultra-competitive nature of the UK Telecoms market and a need for effective state intervention.

LPWAN provides a significant shift in terms of hardware, deployment, and connectivity costs. This enables much cheaper IoT devices to be built and connected over longer periods of time without maintenance.

THE LACK OF LPWAN NETWORKS IN THE UK HAMPERS IOT INNOVATION, BECAUSE UK BUSINESSES ARE STARVED OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIMENT WITH NEW PRODUCT AND SERVICE IDEAS DEVELOPED
ON TOP OF THESE NETWORKS.

Our report focuses on the benefits of LPWAN technology and the opportunities for businesses in the UK. 

We have reviewed different types of technology, and their applications. 

The report also showcases case studies in:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Agriculture 
  • Health
  • Royal Navy and Defence
  • Energy Supply 

 

The report uncovers the opportunities within the wider network and the UK market. 

 

You can download the full report at the bottom of this page. 

  • Teodora Kaneva

    Teodora Kaneva

    Programme Manager | SmarterUK
    T 020 7331 2016

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