LPWA: New Approach for an Old Problem
Ubiquitous wireless connectivity means a business can track its assets as they travel across countries and borders without having to worry about any of the connectivity issues going on in the background; the public network is simply professionally managed by the wireless provider. Low-power connectivity means that the company’s trackers don’t need to have the batteries changed or charged every few days or weeks. This is what low-power, wide-area (LPWA) wireless connectivity gives to organization tapping into the IoT for business value.
The term LPWA may be relatively new, but the concept of low-cost, low-power connectivity has been around for a while with other names: Machine-to-Machine (M2M), Wireless Sensor Networking (WSN), Internet-of-Things (IoT), etc.
THE LPWA BUSINESS
The Role of the Carrier
The carrier, or wireless provider, owns and operates the LPWA network. They manage the infrastructure, repair and maintain the infrastructure, plan its deployment to optimize tower placement, arrange for backhaul to the cloud, and work with the many governments to get permitted and legally operate. The carrier invests in building this network and charges applications for the use of this network. The successful carrier business profits by the revenue (connectivity fees from the applications) exceeding the expenses of running the LPWA network (tower rental, backhaul expenses, construction costs, human resources, etc.).
The Role of the Application or Device