Imperial College London


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BibTex format

author = {Qin, Z and Li, FY and Li, GY and McCann, JA and Ni, Q},
doi = {10.1109/MWC.2018.1800264},
journal = {IEEE Wireless Communications},
pages = {140--145},
title = {Low-power wide-area networks for sustainable IoT},
url = {},
volume = {26},
year = {2019}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - LPWA networks are attracting extensive attention because of their ability to offer low-cost and massive connectivity to IoT devices distributed over wide geographical areas. This article provides a brief overview of the existing LPWA technologies and useful insights to aid the large-scale deployment of LPWA networks. In particular, we first review the currently competing candidates of LPWA networks, such as NB-IoT and LoRa, in terms of technical fundamentals and large-scale deployment potential. Then we present two implementation examples of LPWA networks. By analyzing the field-test results, we identify several challenges that prevent LPWA technologies from moving from theory to wide-spread practice.
AU - Qin,Z
AU - Li,FY
AU - Li,GY
AU - McCann,JA
AU - Ni,Q
DO - 10.1109/MWC.2018.1800264
EP - 145
PY - 2019///
SN - 1536-1284
SP - 140
TI - Low-power wide-area networks for sustainable IoT
T2 - IEEE Wireless Communications
UR -
UR -
VL - 26
ER -