Pros & Cons unlicensed versus licensed

Licensed LPWAN networks (LTE M and NB-IOT) have many advantages: proven technology based on 4G, better capacity and coverage than the unlicensed spectrum, harmonization of the spectrum between countries and regions, lifespan controlled by the mobile operators. The disadvantage is that it has not yet been rolled out in all countries.

Unlicensed LPWAN networks (LoRa and Sigfox), such as LoRa, can easily and quickly be set up as a private network. Disadvantages currently no harmonization regarding spectrum between countries and regions, large variety of spectrum bands, interferences cannot be managed and can only be used for non-critical IoT solutions.

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