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Ovum has increased its global total market opportunity forecast of LPWA connections to 2.11 billion by 2022, with the advent of LPWA effectively tripling the overall WWAN opportunity for the provision of IoT connections.


  • A total of 161 LPWA networks had been deployed and announced globally by the end of 2Q17, with nearly 90% of these announcements made since the start of 2016.
  • Ovum forecasts that the number of LPWA connections – which we expect to stand at just under 113 million across all technologies at the end of 2017 – will grow more strongly from 2018 onwards. Therefore, by 2022, the total number of LPWA connections will reach 2.11 billion (see Figure 1).

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the technological and ecosystem-based factors that are likely to determine the growth opportunity for different LPWA technologies.
  • Assesses the global market opportunity for connections for five LPWA technologies: NB-IoT, Cat. M, Sigfox, LoRa, and Ingenu.

Key questions answered

  • How many connections will each LPWA network technology obtain by 2022?
  • What will determine the relative performance, or lack thereof, of each LPWA technology?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

Global LPWA connection forecasts

  • The LPWA market will exceed 2 billion connections by 2022
  • Ecosystem strengths and weaknesses will affect adoption
  • LPWA technologies are part of an IoT toolbox


  • Further reading
  • Author

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