LPWA LTE Networks will Connect 75% of Smart Cities by 2026

LPWA LTE Networks will Connect 75% of Smart Cities by 2026

Despite the important investments in 5G networks, the uptake of 5G across smart city segments will remain very low over the next five years. Global tech market advisory firm ABI Research finds that of all cellular smart city connections, 75% will ride on LPWA LTE networks (Cat 1, Cat M, NB-IoT) by 2026, with around only 1.6% powered by 5G, accounting for less than 10 million connections globally.

First, there is a high proportion of fixed lines, including fiber for connecting non-mobile applications like commercial buildings, signage, ITS, kiosks, smart electricity and gas meters, and surveillance. Second, where cellular is used, LPWA technologies are favored. This is due to the low bandwidth requirements for telemetry-type applications such as smart streetlights, smart parking, metering, and smart bins, many of which are also connected via non-cellular, proprietary LPWA connectivity such as LoRa.

However, in the longer term, new 5G use cases will emerge across a wide range of smart city segments, mostly centered around low latency, mission-critical services:

  • Remote monitoring and control of unmanned assets like drones, robots, and driverless vehicles.
  • ITS applications like Intelligent Cooperative Traffic Lights and Emergency Vehicle Preemption.
  • Remote healthcare services in ambulances.
  • AI-based surveillance and security monitoring.
  • Low latency edge cloud applications for demand-response and active security solutions.

These findings are from ABI Research's Smart Cities market data report. This report is part of the company's Smart Cities and Smart Spaces research service, which includes research, data, and ABI Insights. Market Data spreadsheets are composed of deep data, market share analysis, and highly segmented, service-specific forecasts to provide detailed insight into where opportunities lie.

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