A Comparative Survey of LPWA Networking

Published in Zhejiang University International Doctoral Students Conference, 2017

Recommended citation: J. Finnegan. (2017). "A Comparative Survey of LPWA Networking" Zhejiang University International Doctural Students Conference. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1802.04222.pdf

Motivated by the increasing variance of suggested Internet of Things (IoT) applications and the lack of suitability of current wireless technologies in scalable, long range deployments, a number of diverging Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies have been developed. These technologies promise to enable a scalable high range network on cheap low power devices, facilitating the development of a ubiquitous IoT. This paper provides a definition of this new LPWA paradigm, presents a systematic approach to defined suitable use cases, and undertakes a detailed comparison of current LPWA standards, including the primary technologies, upcoming cellular options, and remaining proprietary solutions.