Sigfox vs LoraWAN vs NB-IoT

What is the difference between Sigfox, LoRaWAN and NB-IoT?

All of them belong to the group of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN technologies)

Each of them is ideal for different applications and use cases.

Semtech LoRa for factory automation

NB-IoT for PoS payment terminals

Sigfox for tracking or utility measurements

 

See the quick comparison table here:

 

Sigfox

LoRa

NB-IoT

speed

Very slow
100bps or 600bps

Depends on configuration
300bps to 1100bps

fastest

Bi-directional traffic

Limited, device triggered

Better, device triggered

Yes

Worldwide coverage

Transparent in 60 countries

Very limited

Very limited

Battery longevity

Longest (10-20 years)

medium

medium

Capacity 

Very high

Very low

medium

Resilience against jamming

Very high

low

low

Can be built as a private network

No

Yes

No

Price of the transceiver

Cca. 1 USD

Cca. 10 USD

Cca. 10 USD

Unified API and interface for data access

Yes

No

No

Range in case of local catastrophe

Very long

Medium

Short

Dependant on GSM infrastructure

No

No

Yes

Check out this webinar, we found it very useful:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqHOyQK6jJ8

And we've also written a blog post on this topic here: https://simplehw.eu/simple-hardware-and-semtech-lora-and-nb-iot/