Cellular and LPWA IoT Device Ecosystems - 2nd Edition

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  • 120 pages
  • Berg Insight AB
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Report Says NB-IoT Device Shipments will Reach 613.2 Million Units in 2023


  • Altair Semiconductors
  • HiSilicon
  • LoRa module vendors
  • Nordic Semiconductor
  • Sanechips Technology
  • Sierra Wireless
  • MORE

The Internet of Things is weaving a new worldwide web of interconnected objects. As of Q1-2018, about a billion devices were connected to wide area networks based on cellular or LPWA technologies. The market is highly diverse and divided into multiple ecosystems. The researcher forecasts that annual shipments of cellular and non-cellular LPWA IoT devices will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.5 percent from 352.6 million units in 2017 to 1312.9 million units in 2023. Get up to date with the latest trends from all main regions and vertical markets with this unique 120 page report.

Cellular and LPWA IoT Device Ecosystems gives a comprehensive overview of the main wide area networking technologies for the Internet of Things - 2G/3G/4G/5G  cellular, LoRa, Sigfox and 802.15.4 WAN.

This strategic research report provides you with 120 pages of unique business intelligence including 5-year industry forecasts and expert commentary on which to base your business decisions.

Highlights from the report:

  • 360-degree overview of the main IoT wide area networking ecosystems.
  • Comparison of technologies and standards.
  • Updated profiles of the main suppliers of IoT chipsets and modules.
  • Cellular IoT module market data for 2017.
  • Early adoption trends for emerging LPWA technologies.
  • Cellular and non-cellular LPWA IoT device market forecast until 2023.

This report answers the following questions:

  • How will the IoT wide area networking technology market evolve over the next five years?
  • Who are the new challengers in the cellular IoT module market?
  • Which new mass-volume segments can be addressed by lowcost LPWA technologies?
  • Why are the new standards LTE-M and NB-IoT so significant for the cellular IoT ecosystem?
  • How are Chinese national policies driving the migration from 2G to 4G?
  • When will 5G appear in the cellular IoT market?
  • What is the current installed base of LoRa and Sigfox?
  • What are the prospects for emerging LPWA technology standards?

Who should buy this report?

Cellular and LPWA IoT Device Ecosystems is the foremost source of information about all the major wide area networking technologies for the Internet of Things. Whether you are a chipset or module vendor, software vendor, utility, vehicle  manufacturer, telecom operator, investor, consultant, or government agency, you will gain valuable insights from our in-depth research.

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  • Altair Semiconductors
  • HiSilicon
  • LoRa module vendors
  • Nordic Semiconductor
  • Sanechips Technology
  • Sierra Wireless
  • MORE

1. Wide area networks for the Internet of Things

1.1. Which things will be connected to wide area networks?
1.1.1. Utility meters
1.1.2. Motor vehicles
1.1.3. Buildings
1.1.4. Low value assets-Industry 4.0 and consumer products
1.1.5. Future opportunities in smart cities and agriculture
1.2. What are the technology options?
1.2.1. Network architectures
1.2.2. Unlicensed and licensed frequency bands
1.3. Which are the leading technology ecosystems?

2. 3GPP ecosystem

2.1. Technology characteristics
2.1.1. 3GPP Release 13-Introducing LTE-M and NB-IoT
2.1.2. 3GPP Release 14-IoT enhancements and V2X
2.1.3. 3GPP Releases 15 and 16-5G phase 1 and 2
2.1.4. Network footprint
2.1.5. 2G mobile networks
2.1.6. 3G/4G mobile networks
2.1.7. 4G-MTC mobile networks (eMTC/LTE-M and NB-IoT)
2.1.8. 5G networks
2.2. Chipset vendors
2.2.1. Qualcomm
2.2.2. Mediatek
2.2.3. Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA
2.2.4. Intel
2.2.5. HiSilicon
2.2.6. Sanechips Technology
2.2.7. Altair Semiconductors
2.2.8. Sequans Communications
2.2.9. Nordic Semiconductor
2.3. Module vendors
2.3.1. Sierra Wireless
2.3.2. Gemalto M2M
2.3.3. Telit
2.3.4. Quectel
2.3.5. Sunsea Telecommunications (SIMCom/Longsung)
2.3.6. u-blox
2.3.7. Huawei
2.3.8. ZTE WeLink (Gosuncn)
2.3.9. Neoway
2.3.10. Fibcocom
2.3.11. Other cellular module vendors

3. LoRa ecosystem

3.1. Technology characteristics
3.2. Network footprint
3.2.1. Europe
3.2.2. Asia-Pacific
3.2.3. The Americas and Middle East & Africa
3.3. Chipset and module vendors
3.3.1. Semtech
3.3.2. LoRa module vendors

4. Sigfox ecosystem

4.1. Technology characteristics
4.2. Network footprint
4.2.1. Europe
4.2.2. The Americas
4.2.3. Asia-Pacific
4.2.4. Middle East & Africa
4.3. Chipset and module vendors
4.3.1. Chipset vendors
4.3.2. Sigfox module vendors

5. 802.15.4 WAN ecosystem

5.1. Technology characteristics
5.1.1. IPv6 connectivity stacks based on 802.15.4
5.1.2. Wi-SUN
5.1.3. ZigBee
5.2. Network footprint
5.3. Chipsets and modules

6. Vertical market segments

6.1. Motor vehicles
6.1.1. OEM connected car applications
6.1.2. Aftermarket connected car applications
6.2. Energy & Infrastructure
6.2.1. Smart electricity metering
6.2.2. Smart gas and water metering
6.2.3. Smart cities
6.3. Industry & Transport
6.4. Other
6.4.1. Buildings & security
6.4.2. Consumer products
6.4.3. Payments

7. Market forecasts and trends

7.1. Market summary
7.2. 3GPP family
7.2.1. Cellular IoT device market forecast
7.2.2. Europe
7.2.3. Americas
7.2.4. Asia-Pacific
7.2.5. Middle East & Africa
7.3. LoRa
7.4. Sigfox
7.5. 802.15.4 WAN


List of Figures

Figure 1.1: Top wide area IoT target segments (2018)
Figure 1.2: Building stock by category (EU/US 2015)
Figure 1.3: Unlicensed and reserved radio frequencies available for wireless IoT
Figure 2.1: Comparison of LTE MTC enhancements in 3GPP Release 13
Figure 2.2: 3GPP cellular network connections by generation (World Q3-2017)
Figure 2.3: LTE-M network deployment plans (Q1-2018)
Figure 2.4: NB-IoT network availability by country (Q1-2018)
Figure 2.5: Top cellular module vendors, by revenues and shipments (World 2017)
Figure 2.6: Sierra Wireless embedded modules and terminals (Q1-2018)
Figure 2.7: Gemalto M2M embedded modules (Q1-2018)
Figure 2.8: Telit M2M embedded wireless modules (Q1-2018)
Figure 2.9: Quectel embedded wireless modules (Q1-2018)
Figure 2.10: SIMCom and Longsung embedded wireless modules (Q1-2018)
Figure 2.11: u-blox embedded wireless modules (Q1-2018)
Figure 2.12: Huawei embedded wireless modules (Q1-2018)
Figure 2.13: ZTE WeLink embedded wireless modules (Q1-2018)
Figure 2.14: Neoway embedded wireless modules (Q1-2018)
Figure 2.15: Fibocom embedded wireless modules (Q1-2018)
Figure 3.1: LoRa wide area network architecture
Figure 3.2: LoRa network operators in Europe (Q4-2017)
Figure 3.3: LoRa network operators in Asia-Pacific (Q4-2017)
Figure 3.4: List of certified LoRa modules by vendor (Q1-2018)
Figure 4.1: Sigfox network architecture
Figure 4.2: Sigfox network partners in Europe (Q1-2018)
Figure 4.3: Sigfox networks in the Americas (Q1-2018)
Figure 4.4: Sigfox networks in Asia-Pacific and MEA (Q1-2018)
Figure 4.5: List of Sigfox module vendors by supported regions (Q1-2018)
Figure 5.1: Major 802.15.4 networking platforms for smart metering (2017)
Figure 6.1: OEM telematics attach rates in new vehicles, by region (2016/2021)
Figure 6.2: Projected smart meter penetration in key markets (2023)
Figure 7.1: Cellular/LPWA IoT device shipment forecast, by region (World 2017-2023)
Figure 7.2: Cellular/LPWA IoT device shipment forecast, by technology (2017-2023)
Figure 7.3: Cellular IoT device shipment forecast (World 2017-2023)
Figure 7.4: Cellular IoT device shipments, by network technology (World 2017-2023)
Figure 7.5: Cellular IoT device shipment forecast (Europe 2017-2023)
Figure 7.6: Cellular IoT device shipment forecast (Americas 2017-2023)
Figure 7.7: Cellular IoT device shipment forecast (Asia-Pacific 2017-2023)
Figure 7.8: Cellular IoT device shipment forecast (Middle East & Africa 2017-2023)
Figure 7.9: LoRa device shipments forecast (World 2017-2023)
Figure 7.10: Sigfox device shipments forecast (World 2017-2023)
Figure 7.11: 802.15.4 WAN device shipments forecast (World 2017-2023)

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  • Altair Semiconductors
  • HiSilicon
  • LoRa module vendors
  • Nordic Semiconductor
  • Sanechips Technology
  • Sierra Wireless
  • MORE

According to a new research report, global shipments of NB-IoT devices will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 41.8 percent from 106.9 million units in 2018 to reach 613.2 million units in 2023. Strong growth is fueled by fast-growing demand in China where NB-IoT is set to replace 2G in mass-market applications. “China is driving a major paradigm shift in the global cellular IoT industry”, says Tobias Ryberg, senior analyst and author of the report.

“The country has embarked on one of the world’s largest digital infrastructure projects that will result in billions of new connected devices in the coming five years. NB-IoT has been designated as the country’s preferred LPWA technology and plays a key role in the national policies.” The transition from 2G to 4G is a global trend, accelerated by NB-IoT. In Europe, the leading mobile operators are making good progress towards ubiquitous coverage for NB-IoT. Vodafone has been among the leaders in the development of the standard and will roll out commercial services across all its networks until 2020.

At the end of 2017, the operator had live NB-IoT services in Italy, Spain, Ireland and the Netherlands. During 2018, availability will be extended to Germany, the UK and Czechia. Deutsche Telekom launched in Germany and the Netherlands in Q2-2017 and plans to extend coverage to an additional six European countries. Other European operators with live NB-IoT services in early 2018 included Orange, TIM and Telia Company.

Telefónica will start deployments in Europe later this year. Adoption in North America is also starting to take off. T-Mobile USA switched on NB-IoT services in Las Vegas in February this year and Verizon has confirmed plans to build a nationwide network covering 2.56 million square miles by the year-end. Australia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and the UAE are other examples of countries where rollouts are already underway. LTE-M is another technology that will play a key role in the market transformation. The researcher predicts that adoption will accelerate during 2018/2019 and scale to massive volumes beyond 2020. The researcher forecasts that yearly shipments of LTE-M devices will reach 185.3 million units in 2023.

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  • Altair Semiconductors
  • Fibcocom
  • Gemalto M2M
  • HiSilicon
  • Huawei
  • Intel
  • LoRa module vendors
  • Mediatek
  • Neoway
  • Nordic Semiconductor
  • Qualcomm
  • Quectel
  • Sanechips Technology
  • Semtech
  • Sequans Communications
  • Sierra Wireless
  • Sigfox module vendors
  • Sunsea Telecommunications (SIMCom/Longsung)
  • Telit
  • u-blox
  • Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA
  • ZTE WeLink (Gosuncn)
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