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As LTE-M looms, has Unlicensed LPWAN missed its low hanging fruit?

It seems that the notion of unlicensed LPWAN storming the low-hanging fruit in the IoT hasn’t come to pass, based on two numbers we saw at MWC. Sigfox posted encouraging growth to around 13-14m over the last year, but in that same time, Jasper (now owned by Cisco) grew its cellular subscriber base from 17m to 40m. Jasper expects to grow by significantly more than 23m in 2017. When Riot first started covering the low-power wireless market, nearly three years ago, we were pretty convinced that the unlicensed LPWAN players would be able to storm the market before the 3GPP could deliver its low-power LTE standards for IoT applications. It seemed that there was a lot of room to carve…

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