Another low-power, wide-area networking standard, LoRa, is gaining momentum with more national rollouts, Castonguay said. Comcast announced in October that it’s considering a nationwide LoRa network to serve enterprises. Some carriers in other countries already use the technology. Ingenu, a U.S. company with its own type of low-power network, is also making gains around the world, he said.
Wherever IoT does reach mass adoption, it will be thanks to one or two technologies -- open or not -- that have somehow caught on with users. “Sometimes ubiquity is the most important part of a standard,” Greengart said.
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