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LoRa moves into 2.4 GHz – will it split the ecosystem?

The recent Things Conference saw several announcements in the world of LoRA, the leading low power WAN technology in unlicensed spectrum (U-LPWAN). The main chip provider for LoRa, Semtech, announced the launch of a 2.4 GHz version of the technology, initially aimed at shipping applications. Previous implementations have all been in sub-GHz spectrum (900 MHz/868 MHz ISM bands) which allow for longer range, but lower bandwidth, than 2.4 GHz. The new band option could therefore extend the range of applications addressable by LoRa, but comes with the significant downside of being very congested as it already houses WiFi and some wireless personal area network protocols, as well as signals from other devices like microwave ovens. Another potential major caveat is…

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