LoRa Alliance® achieves 66% growth in public LoRaWAN networks over the past 3 years

The LoRa Alliance®the global association of companies supporting open LoRaWAN® standard for Internet of Things (IoT) Low-Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs), today announced that the number of public LoRaWAN networks, available worldwide, has grown by 66% over the past three last years.

Historically, public LPWAN deployment was driven by mobile network operators (MNOs); however, much of the recent growth has been enabled largely by non-MNOs building critical dedicated infrastructure to meet the growing needs of LPWAN IoT. Recent investments by satellite and community LoRaWAN network providers, along with the availability of roaming in over 23 countries, have further accelerated network availability and global coverage (see current list of LoRa Alliance members that operate public LoRaWAN networks below). At the same time, private networks are also experiencing an explosive growth rate. This new landscape for LoRaWAN networks shows a growth in diversity – public, community, satellite and private, as well as hybrid network approaches – which is a competitive differentiator for LoRaWAN.

“LoRaWAN network operators are building new types of infrastructure to meet future IoT networking requirements,” said Donna Moore, CEO and President of the LoRa Alliance. “This shift in network types and network providers is expected and a sign of a healthy and dynamic market. These new network players are nimble, nimble and able to grow beyond the constraints of the pre-existing network infrastructure. They are successfully building profitable business models to maximize the value of their LoRaWAN networks and meet the changing needs of LPWAN IoT deployments. LoRaWAN is the only LPWAN offering a choice of network types, as well as interoperability and roaming between networks, which will continue to drive the strong growth in LoRaWAN network capacity.

Today’s agile network operators benefit from changing market demands for coverage, availability and accessibility around the world. LoRaWAN infrastructure is inexpensive, easy to deploy and offers flexibility, which is fueling the strong growth of the technology. This market shift towards a choice of infrastructure solutions allows enterprises to capitalize on the huge opportunity in the LPWAN market. This supports the continued evolution of the emerging IoT market lifecycle.

“The installed base of LPWAN devices will surpass 2 billion units by 2025,” said Steve Hoffenberg, director and industry analyst at market research firm VDC Research. “With LoRaWAN’s low-cost gateways, adaptability to public and private networks, and satellite capability, it is uniquely positioned to bring connectivity to the widest range of devices and locations, helping to boost growth of the LPWAN market.”

Moore continued, “This is an exciting time to be part of the LoRa Alliance, as the changing market drives innovation that can only be tackled by our ecosystem. The variety of IoT use cases demands the flexibility and choice that LoRaWAN can provide. We have hundreds of members across many verticals who develop countless solutions to improve the planet and people’s lives, while improving business performance and profits. With the innovation of our open global ecosystem and the flexibility to adapt to a wide variety of business models, LoRaWAN continues to be the market and thought leader in LPWAN.

Join us at the LoRaWAN World Expo to be held in Paris on July 6-7. As the largest official LoRaWAN event, the Expo is the best opportunity this year to learn more about LoRaWAN technology and how companies get a strong return on investment on their deployments, products and services. Register before May 31 with discount code LWE-SAVE10 to save 10% on your event pass.

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Public network operators LoRa Alliance

There are 170 public LoRaWAN network operators worldwide. LoRa Alliance members who operate the majority of these networks are listed below:


Afgan Wireless Communication Company

British Telecommunications Plc


NTT Business Solutions Corporation



SK Telecom


Telekom Srbija

License Exempt Operators


A2A smart city

Alibaba (China) Co.Ltd.

Hungary ZRT branch





Cellnex Telecom, SA

Ceske Radiokomunikace, as

Charter Communications

Connectin Ltd.

Definium Technologies, Pty Ltd.

digimondo GmbH

Digita Oy


Emitel S.A.



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Hangzhou Lowan Information Technology Co.

Hutchison Drei Austria

IHS Holding Limited

Komro GmbH

AS Last Mile Solutions

AS lysis

Lysir ehf

MachineQ, a Comcast Company

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Meshed Pty Ltd

Minol Zenner Connect GmbH

MIOT Melita.io Technology GmbH


Netmore Group

Netze BW


North SV

Nova Track Limited

PacketWorx Inc.

Pingday AB

PT Telkom Indonesia




Sen Ra

SenseWay Inc.

Shenzhen Easylinkin Technology Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen SoftBank’s Tencent Computer Systems


Tata Communications

UAB Main Link


UPLINK Network GmbH

Ventia Utility Services Pty Ltd

X-Telia Group Inc.

Satellite network operators

Echostar Mobile Ltd

Eutelsat SA

Fleet Space Technologies Pty Ltd

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Community network operators


The Helium Foundation

The Things Network Foundation

Roaming Hubs/Virtual Networks


The whole network


About LoRa Alliance®

The LoRa Alliance® is an open non-profit association that has become one of the largest and fastest growing alliances in the technology sector since its inception in 2015. Its members collaborate closely and share their expertise to develop and promote LoRaWAN® standard, which is the de facto global standard for secure, carrier-grade LPWAN IoT connectivity. LoRaWAN has the technical flexibility to meet a wide range of IoT applications, both fixed and mobile, and a robust LoRaWAN certification program to ensure devices operate as specified. The LoRaWAN standard has been deployed by over 170 network operators worldwide, with connectivity available worldwide. More information: lora-alliance.org

LoRa Alliance®LoRaWAN® and LoRaWAN certifiedCM are registered trademarks.


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Stephanie Quinn, PR LoRa Alliance

+1 480 316 8370

[email protected]

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