LoRa Looks to Leverage Options Before NB-IoT Proliferates
That notion — that cellular companies could use LoRa as well — may suggest a future in which LoRa and NB-IoT are complementary rather than competitive. There is precedent for it: In the Veolia water meter deployment using LoRa technology that was described by Hatler, the service provider is Orange Business Services, a unit of Orange SA, one of the largest cellular operators in the world.
Senet’s Chatterley concluded that LoRa and NB-IoT each have their own strengths and weaknesses that could lead them to be used for different applications, even by the same company for very different purposes. “We believe the LoRa ecosystem has got a year or two before NB-IoT becomes ready for prime time,” he said. But, he added, “for the most part they may end up being sort of complementary.”