One the major disruptions brought by LoRaWAN® technology to the IoT market is the capability to develop any type of business model from deploying privately owned networks to subscribe connectivity to a LoRaWAN® operator. Moreover, the collaborative nature of LoRaWAN® has been fostering the emergence of global open developer communities.
In order to clearly identify all of the LoRaWAN® Networks, the LoRa Alliance® has identified adapted Network definitions.
- Global Network coverage is the global aggregation of any LoRaWAN® Network type. Here, you will find (highlighted in yellow) the countries with LoRaWAN® Network activity regardless of the roll-out business model (Ex. open community, private, or driven by an operator).
- Network Operator is any LoRaWAN® network aimed to openly monetize connectivity or end to end services to third parties. Network Operators, who are members of the LoRa Alliance®, are considered LoRaWAN® Public Network Operators.
- LoRaWAN® open communities are developer communities.
- (Comming Soon) LoRaWAN® Private Networks are not open to third party monetization. Smart cities and businesses rolling-out their own LoRaWAN® Networks define this Network category. LoRaWAN® Private Networks are not exhaustive. LoRa Alliance® members have the option to show examples of significant rolled-out LoRaWAN® Private Networks.