Unlicensed versus Licensed Spectrum

It is expected that 50 million IoT devices will be active in the Netherlands by 2025 on the licensed (LTE-M and NB-IOT) and unlicensed (LoRa and Sigfox) spectrum. Networks that use the unlicensed spectrum in particular will run into complications.


The shutdown of LPWAN IoT connectivity in the licensed bands is expected to be gradual. Because there is simultaneous access, these networks will not run into complications with regard to simultaneous use for the time being. We expect that for technologies in the unlicensed spectrum. The 863-870 MHz band, specifically some frequencies around 868 MHz, appear to be the most popular for these technologies. Thingsdata advises on the pros & cons of both spectrums.

For more information, you can contact us via telephone number 085-0443500 or by mail to info@thingsdata.nl.