Low Power Wide Area Networks for Power Utility Applications

LoRa, SIGFOX, RPMA, Milli 5, LTE-Cat-M1, NB-IoT, and EC-GSM-IoT:
Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

Low power wide area (LPWA) networking technologies are characterized by low cost, wide range, and long battery life. These technologies are widely touted as the architecture that will support the Internet of Things (IoT), where billions upon billions of devices and people will be connected for monitoring and management purposes. LPWA technology is gaining momentum as an alternative communications option for power utilities previously unable to economically monitor the distribution grid devices dispersed throughout their networks.

Many vendors and standards bodies have developed LPWA solutions. Some are using unlicensed spectrum bands and proprietary technology while others are dependent upon third-party network operators. These third parties include cellular network operators that are beginning to deploy system overlays for new Long-Term Evolution (LTE)-based protocols. In the electric utility space, LPWA solutions are now being considered for applications ranging from smart metering to line and asset monitoring. In some cases, these solutions are also being considered for control applications. According to Navigant Research, the global market for power utility LPWA equipment and services is expected to grow from $23.4 million in 2017 to $279.4 million in 2026.

This Navigant Research report provides a detailed review of the leading LPWA solutions and technologies suitable for power utility applications. The study offers a long-range outlook for seven existing and emerging solutions that utilities may leverage for smart metering, distribution line monitoring and fault location, isolation, and restoration (FLISR), grid asset monitoring, and solar inverter connectivity. Global market forecasts for LPWA utility applications, segmented by region, technology, and utility use case, extend through 2026. The report also provides profiles of leading vendors and organizations active in the LPWA marketplace.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • Which low power wide area (LPWA) technologies are suitable for utility applications?
  • What smart grid applications will LPWA technologies support?
  • How do various LPWA standards compare in terms of price, range, and data transfer capabilities?
  • Which LPWA vendors are active in the utility space and what projects have been done by utilities to date?
  • Where do LPWA technologies fit in the broader networking needs of electric utilities?
Who needs this report?
  • Utilities
  • Low power wide area (LPWA) vendors
  • Networking hardware vendors
  • Communications service providers
  • Tower leasing companies
  • Systems integrators
  • Industry associations
  • Utility regulators
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1    Overview

1.2    Key Market Drivers and Barriers

1.3    Market Outlook

2. Market Issues

2.1    Utility Low Power Wide Area Networking Overview

2.1.1   LPWA Technologies

2.2    Energy Cloud and IoT for Utilities

2.3    Utility Use Cases

2.3.1   Smart Metering

2.3.2   Distribution Grid Monitoring and Control

2.3.2.1    Failure or Outage Reporting

2.3.2.2   FLISR

2.3.2.3    Dynamic Volt/VAR Optimization and Conservation Voltage Reduction

2.3.2.4   Asset Management and Condition-Based Maintenance

2.3.3   Smart Solar Inverters

2.3.4   Smart Street Lighting

2.3.5   Water, Gas, and Heating Utilities

2.4    Case Studies

2.4.1   Trilliant – Aruba (RPMA)

2.4.2   LOESK – Russia (LoRaWAN)

3. Technology Issues

3.1    LPWA Technology Overview

3.1.1   SIGFOX

3.1.2   LoRa/LoRaWAN

3.1.3   RPMA

3.1.4   Milli 5

3.1.5   Cellular-Based LPWA

3.1.5.1   NB-IoT

3.1.5.2   LTE-Cat-M1

3.1.5.3    LTE-Cat-1

3.1.5.4    EC-GSM-IoT

3.2    Licensed versus Unlicensed Spectrum

3.3    Security

4. Key Industry Players

4.1    LPWA Vendors

4.1.1   Actility

4.1.2   AT&T

4.1.3   Ericsson

4.1.4   Huawei

4.1.5   Link Labs

4.1.6   Nokia

4.1.7   Senet

4.1.8   Sequans

4.1.9   SIGFOX

4.1.10 SSN (Milli-5)

4.1.11 Trilliant

4.1.12 Verizon

4.2    Industry Associations

4.2.1   3GPP

4.2.2   EC-GSM-IoT

4.2.3   LoRA Alliance

4.2.4   Wi-SUN Alliance

5. Market Forecasts

5.1    LPWA for Utility Applications: Global Market Outlook

5.1.1   Methodology

5.2    Global Utility LPWA Forecast

5.2.1   North America

5.2.2   Europe

5.2.3   Asia Pacific

5.2.4   Latin America

5.2.5   Middle East & Africa

5.3    Total Utility LPWA Endpoints

5.4    Conclusions and Recommendations

5.4.1   Factors for Utilities to Consider

5.4.2   Factors for LPWA Vendors to Consider

6. Acronym and Abbreviation List
7. Table of Contents
8. Table of Charts and Figures
9. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Utility LPWA Revenue Share by Application, World Markets: 2020
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Technology, North America: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA Endpoints by Application, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • The Energy Cloud: Today and Tomorrow
  • Comparison of Cellular-Based LPWA Standards
  • Benefits of LTE-Cat-M1 and NB-IoT for Massive IoT
  • Senet LoRa Network Coverage: February 2017
  • LoRaWAN Network Deployments: January 2017

List of Tables

  • Installed Smart Meters by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Distribution Line Miles by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Grid Assets to Be Monitored by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Residential Solar Households by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Installed LPWA Smart Meters by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA FLISR Line Miles by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Grid Assets Monitored by LPWA by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA Residential Solar Inverters by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Equipment Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Service Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Installed LPWA Smart Meters by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA FLISR/Monitored Line Miles by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Grid Assets Monitored by LPWA by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA Residential Solar Inverters by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Equipment Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Service Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Installed LPWA Smart Meters by Technology, North America: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA FLISR/Monitored Line Miles by Technology, North America: 2017-2026
  • Total Grid Assets Monitored by LPWA by Technology, North America: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA Residential Solar Inverters by Technology, North America: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Equipment Revenue by Technology, North America: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Service Revenue by Technology, North America: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Technology, North America: 2017-2026
  • Installed LPWA Smart Meters by Technology, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA FLISR/Monitored Line Miles by Technology, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Total Grid Assets Monitored by LPWA by Technology, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA Residential Solar Inverters by Technology, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Equipment Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Service Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2017-2026
  • Installed LPWA Smart Meters by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA FLISR/Monitored Line Miles by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Total Grid Assets Monitored by LPWA by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA Residential Solar Inverters by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Equipment Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Service Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2017-2026
  • Installed LPWA Smart Meters by Technology, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA FLISR/Monitored Line Miles by Technology, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Total Grid Assets Monitored by LPWA by Technology, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA Residential Solar Inverters by Technology, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Equipment Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Service Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2017-2026
  • Installed LPWA Smart Meters by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA FLISR/Monitored Line Miles by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • Total Grid Assets Monitored by LPWA by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA Residential Solar Inverters by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Equipment Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Service Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • Total Utility LPWA Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA Endpoints by Application, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total LPWA Revenue by Application, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • LPWA Revenue Share by Application, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • LPWA Technologies Comparison

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