3Q 2019

Market Data: Low Power Wide Area Networking for Electric, Water, and Gas Utility Applications

LoRa, Sigfox, NB-IoT, RPMA, and LTE-Cat-M1: Installed Base, Unit Shipments, and Global Revenue

Low power wide area (LPWA) networking protocols are changing the game for utilities worldwide—in particular water and gas utilities—thanks to their relatively low costs and long battery life. Navigant Research expects as LPWA solutions gain traction, they will accelerate the adoption of smart metering and other distribution network applications by all types and sizes of electric, water, and gas utilities.

Water utilities are anticipated to make the widest use of LPWA solutions over the next decade, followed by gas utilities. Water utilities will be driven by a need for better water conservation and to reduce losses, while gas utility deployments will be motivated by safety concerns, regulatory mandates, and cost savings. Use of LPWA solutions by electric utilities will often apply to high device volume applications such as asset monitoring in developed markets (where smart metering networks have already been deployed), and they may be used for metering combined with other grid applications in emerging markets.

This Navigant Research Market Data report anticipates explosive growth in both the number of communications nodes deployed and the revenue generated by utilities investing in LPWA networks for smart metering and other applications. The Excel databook for this report includes a granular view of the deployment of LPWA communications nodes and infrastructure for the following five LPWA protocols: LoRa, Sigfox, Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT), Random Phase Multiple Access (RPMA), and Long-Term Evolution Category M1 (LTE-Cat-M1). Nearly 100 tables and 45 charts break out the market by protocol, utility type, and region.
Pages 23
Tables | Charts | Figures 142
  • How many low power wide area (LPWA) communications nodes will utilities deploy over the next decade?
  • Which protocols will lead the market by utility and region?
  • What market dynamics are prompting electric, water, and gas utilities to invest in smart, connected solutions?
  • What key applications do LPWA solutions support?
  • What non-meter reading applications can LPWA networks enable for water, gas, and electric utilities?
  • What are the key standards and vendors of LPWA solutions for utilities in the marketplace?
  • How large is the market for LPWA solutions, including communications nodes and gateways, and how large will it grow over the next decade?
  • Utility networking solution vendors
  • Utilities
  • Utility regulators
  • IT and automation solution vendors
  • Regulators
  • Communications infrastructure vendors
  • Investor community

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Summary

1.2   Market Outlook

2. Market and Technology Issues

2.1   Utility Low Power Wide Area Networking Overview

2.1.1   LPWA Technologies

2.2   Utility Use Cases

2.2.1   Smart Metering

2.2.2   Other Electric Utility Use Cases

2.2.2.1   Distribution Grid Monitoring and Control

2.2.2.2   Failure or Outage Reporting

2.2.2.3   Asset Management and Condition-Based Maintenance

2.2.2.4    Smart Solar Inverters

2.2.3   Other Water Utility Use Cases

2.2.3.1   District Metering

2.2.3.2   Acoustic Leak Detection

2.2.3.3   Sanitary Sewer Overflow Detection

2.2.3.4   Water Quality Monitoring

2.2.4   Other Gas Utility Use Cases

2.2.4.1   Methane Detection

2.2.4.2   Cathodic Protection

2.2.4.3   Gate Station Metering

2.2.4.4   Pressure Monitoring

2.2.4.5   Remote Shutoff

2.3   LPWA Technologies

2.3.1   LoRa/Long Range Wide Area Network

2.3.2   Sigfox

2.3.3   RPMA

2.3.4   Cellular-Based Technologies

2.3.4.1   LTE-Cat-M1

2.3.4.2   NB-IoT

2.4   Key Market Participants

3. Market Forecasts

3.1   Overview

3.2   Key Findings

4. Acronym and Abbreviation List

5. Table of Contents

6. Table of Charts and Figures

7. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

  • Electric, Water, and Gas Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric, Water, and Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Nodes Shipped by Utility Type, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Network Revenue by Utility Type, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • LoRa Network Revenue by Utility Type, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Sigfox Network Revenue by Utility Type, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • NB-IOT Network Revenue by Utility Type, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • RPMA Network Revenue by Utility Type, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • LTE-Cat-M1 Network Revenue by Utility Type, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • LoRa Nodes Shipped by Utility Type, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Sigfox Nodes Shipped by Utility Type, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • NB-IOT Nodes Shipped by Utility Type, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • RPMA Nodes Shipped by Utility Type, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • LTE-Cat-M1 Nodes Shipped by Utility Type, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, North America: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, North America: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, North America: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, North America: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Network Revenue by Utility Type, North America: 2019-2028
  • Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Network Revenue by Utility Type, Europe: 2019-2028
  • Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Network Revenue by Utility Type, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Network Revenue by Utility Type, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Network Revenue by Utility Type, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Electric Meter Installed Base (All Types) by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Meter Installed Base (All Types) by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Meter Installed Base (All Types) by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Smart Electric Meter Installed Base by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Smart Water Meter Installed Base by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Smart Gas Meter Installed Base by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Smart Electric Meter Penetration of Total Meters by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Smart Water Meter Penetration of Total Meters by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Smart Gas Meter Penetration of Total Meters by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Total LPWA Monitored Grid Assets* by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Total LPWA Monitored Water Network Assets* by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Total LPWA Monitored Gas Network Assets* by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, North America: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, North America: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, North America: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, North America: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, North America: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, North America: 2019-2028
  • Electric, Water, and Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, North America: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Network Cost per Node by Technology, North America: 2019-2028
  • Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, North America: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, Europe: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, Europe: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, Europe: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Europe: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Europe: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Europe: 2019-2028
  • Electric, Water, and Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Europe: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Network Cost per Node by Technology, Europe: 2019-2028
  • Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Europe: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • Electric, Water, and Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Network Cost per Node by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Asia Pacific: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • Electric, Water, and Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Network Cost per Node by Technology, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Latin America: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • Electric, Water, and Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Network Cost per Node by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, Middle East & Africa: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Installed by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric, Water, and Gas Utility LPWA Nodes Shipped by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • LPWA Network Cost per Node by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Utility LPWA Network Revenue by Technology, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LoRa Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility Sigfox Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility NB-IoT Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility RPMA Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LTE-Cat-M1 Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LoRa Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility Sigfox Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility NB-IoT Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility RPMA Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Electric Utility LTE-Cat-M1 Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LoRa Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility Sigfox Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility NB-IoT Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility RPMA Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LTE-Cat-M1 Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LoRa Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility Sigfox Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility NB-IoT Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility RPMA Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Water Utility LTE-Cat-M1 Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LoRa Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility Sigfox Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility NB-IoT Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility RPMA Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LTE-Cat-M1 Nodes Installed by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LoRa Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility Sigfox Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility NB-IoT Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility RPMA Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
  • Gas Utility LTE-Cat-M1 Nodes Shipped by Region, World Markets: 2019-2028
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