Low Power Mobile IoT Networks Are Now Available from All Leading IoT Operators


There are 93 mobile IoT networks available worldwide.

The GSM Association has announced that Mobile IoT or Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks are available worldwide from all leading IoT operators.

There have been 93 launches by 50 different operators in 49 markets around the globe in both LTE-M and NB-IoT. Coverage is expected to reach 93% of the world’s largest IoT markets by Q2 2019. According to the GSMA, there is projected to be 3.5 billion cellular IoT connections by 2025.

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‘So far there have been 68 NB-IoT launches in 45 marktes and 25 LTE-M launches in 19 markets, supported by a network of 47 Open Labs. Recent launches include:

  • Altice (Portugal; NB-IoT)
  • Orange, (France and Romania; LTE-M)
  • Telenor Group (Norway; NB-IoT, LTE-M)
  • Telia (Estonia; NB-IoT)
  • SFR (France; NB-IoT)
  • Swisscom (Switzerland; NB-IoT, LTE-M)
  • Vodafone (Malta; NB-IoT)
  • Grameenphone (Bangladesh; NB-IoT)
  • Chungwa (Taiwan; LTE-M)
  • Telkomsel (Indonesia; NB-IoT)
  • Megafon and MTS (Russia; NB-IoT)
  • STC (Saudi Arabia; NB-IoT)
  • Telefonica (Argentina; LTE-M)
  • Verizon (North America; LTE-M)

“The speed with which these networks have been standardized and deployed around the world is staggering. They are now available in every major IoT market encouraging the development of innovative new products and services across a wide range of sectors,” commented Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “The market clearly sees the benefit of solutions in licensed spectrum that offer flexibility, adaptability, security and lower cost. They are also future proofed for the 5G era and will support and co-exist with other 5G technologies.”

The organization also announced that their Mobile IoT Innovators community now boasts 2,100 developers from over 1,300 companies. The community brings together vendors, developers, manufacturers and operators and supports the creation and development of new products and services that use LPWA technologies.

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