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GSA charts Cat-M and Cat-NB surge, LoRa’s public-private gulf narrows

The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has announced that 102 MNOs in 52 countries have deployed one or both of the two Licensed LPWAN (L-LPWAN) technologies LTE Cat-M and Cat-NB. It comes as the LoRa ecosystem begins to shift from private LoRa networks to public ones that support the open LoRaWAN specification, with Semtech saying that the gulf between its private LoRa and LoRaWAN shipments is closing. The report focuses on MNO adoption, rather than footprint coverage or the number of devices. To this end, 149 operators in 69 countries are investing in L-LPWAN, with 102 MNOs in 52 countries having actually pulled the trigger on a deployment. Of the 102 MNOs, just 20 MNOs across 19 countries had deployed…

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