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Vaporware for the Internet of Things

Scott Elder
Scott Elder
Scott Elder
9/17/2016 2:19:05 PM
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Re: LTE vs LoRa
Thanks Victor.

While I get the SigFox-type arguments, it seems that when a big player decides to play, it makes it difficult for everyone else.  If someone like Verizon decided to offer their network at price points below the LoRa solutions, how are LoRa suppliers going to survive?

The big network providers have so much capital available and, more importantly, networks already deployed.  All they need to do is change the software and presto, LTE IoT networks are immediately deployed.  The LoRa players have to install base stations.  That is a huge disadvantage.

I've done 2G IoT and it appears that the LTE IoT solutions won't be anymore complicated.  The modems still take AT commands and hook directly to an antenna.  So it seems that the design in will feel the same.

But who knows.  We'll all have a better idea by June of next year.  I hope.


Victor Lorenzo
Victor Lorenzo
9/17/2016 1:35:14 PM
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LTE vs LoRa
Nice article, Scott, tanks.

Maybe LTE will take a little bit longer, or even forever, to be widely accepted and deployed.

Wireless telecom technologies in general tend to have a relatively short live. Relaying on 2G/3G modems for sending sensor data was relatively easy, though major drawback continues to be the subscription cost.

We passed from sending a few SMS messages, to some MMS, to a few hundred byte data packets, to.... uploading/downloading a huge amount of images and videos directly from phones, tablets and more. This seems to be an endlessly growing hunger for data bandwidth, controlled and provided by telecom operators, and this seems to be what drives their interests and efforts. So 2G was replaced by 3G, 3G is being replaced by 4G, and we are already hearing a lot about the great thing that 5G will be.

LTE, imho, does not seem to catch too much of their attention. Some telecom providers and operators are making a curious move. E.g. Orange (in France) has deployed a reasonably large LoRa network and has plans to expand it to cover most major cities in France. I can see a much larger market with respect to LoRa that LTE. It is easier to implement, has much more providers and hardware options to select from, many ready-to-use open and closed source libraries are available, and so on.

Major companies like IBM, Microsoft and Oracle are very actively promoting their Cloud services for IoT and connected devices. It seems relatively easy to deploy a LoRa network with just a few gateways.

Maybe we already have a non-negligible RF polution in the ISM band, yes. But what will happend at the time this band becomes licensed as all other bands are?

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