Comparing LoRaWAN and Sigfox is like comparing apples and oranges.


Both are low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) technologies used for connecting Internet of Things (IoT) devices, but they have different technical architectures, protocols, and operating characteristics.

Difference between LoRaWAN & Sigfox

LoRaWAN = device to device, Sigfox = device to cloud

LoRaWAN signal is used between LoRaWAN devices only. E.g. LoRaWAN sensor sends data to LoRaWAN gateway.

Sigfox signal is used between Sigfox devices and Sigfox cloud. E.g. Sigfox sensor sends data to Sigfox cloud.

Characteristics of LoRaWAN

  • Must have a gateway to get data from sensors
  • Gateway acts as an intermediary to send data online
  • LoRaWAN is an open standard and managed by LoRa Alliance

Characteristics of Sigfox

  • Does not need a gateway as sensors sends data online directly
  • Might need a signal booster in location where Sigfox signal is poor
  • Sigfox is owned by UnaBiz

NB-IoT versus Sigfox

An alternate device-to-cloud technology is NB-IoT

Characteristics of NB-IoT / LTE-CATM1 / LTE-CAT1

  • Does not need a gateway as sensors sends data online directly
  • Signal coverage is dependent on the local Telco companies
  • NB-IoT is an open standard developed by 3GPP

IoT Applications

IT Equipment

Server room temperature & humidity monitoring


About William Tam

William is a business development manager for MWI. He has a diverse background in B2C sales and media production prior to joining MWI, and is now specializing in business management. He is responsible for leading the sales, marketing, and product development team.