Market for narrowband wireless Internet of Things has great potential

28 november 2018

"This topic is an element of implementation of state strategic documents and a market niche that has great potential," said Gleb Pokatovich, First Deputy Head of the Analytical Center, when opening an expert discussion on the possibilities of narrowband wireless Internet of Things LPWAN.

During the event, experts discussed the possibilities of LPWAN and similar protocols, barriers and risks of their development.

"Communication networks occupy a significant share of the Internet of Things," said Alexandre Minov, General Director of the National Research Institute of Technology and Communications. "LPWAN technologies are a model of the Internet of Things, literally it is "an energy-efficient long-range network, which is convenient and cheap to use and implement."

"According to estimates, by the end of the year, there will be 5 million devices in our country connected in one way or another to LPWAN," said Andrey Kolesnikov, Director of the Association of Participants of the Internet of Things Market. "This protocol is being actively used in industry, agriculture, transport and in the territories of the North where there is no Internet connection."

According to Mr. Kolesnikov, a very active consumer segment of this communication type due to the low cost of its use involves technological universities and start-ups, with which the future lies.

Speaking about barriers and risks, the expert noted first of all the problems of control (since these devices are difficult to divert) and the registration of base stations. He believes that the problems should be solved at the level of state support of domestic manufacturers of base stations and microelectronics, and wide access to frequencies is important.

Sergey Ezyk, General Director of Center 2M LLC, spoke about new opportunities for entering the world market of narrowband wireless networks of the Internet of Things. "There are no world leaders in this market," said Mr. Ezyk, "Russian companies have every chance to enter it using two possibilities: either creating global leading products or embedding them in cross-border chains."

During the discussion, the experts concluded that uniform standards that would carefully regulate architecture and other conditions for their use were extremely important given all the variety of protocols.