Low Power Network LoRaWAN®

LPN LoRaWAN® – the ideal network for your IoT applications 

By using the Swisscom Low Power Network (LPN), you can reliably connect your IoT devices and sensors to your systems.

Based on the LoRaWAN® standard, the LPN is ideal for transmitting small volumes of data. The LPN also enables you to reduce your devices’ energy consumption.

LPN – progress thanks to secure IoT connectivity

In the past, energy supplier staff had to read all the electricity meters in a supply area in person. Nowadays, companies automatically receive real-time consumption data sent from smart meter IoT devices. This example demonstrates the economic and environmental potential inherent in digitised processes. With smart applications on the Internet of Things (IoT), companies can implement effective solutions to current challenges, such as the shortage of skilled labour, rising energy prices, the scarcity of resources, cost efficiency and climate protection.

Swisscom’s LPN LoRaWAN, as a reliable IoT connectivity platform, has an important role to play in this. The LoRaWAN standard (Long Range Wide Area Network) has been developed to enable battery-powered devices to be wirelessly connected to applications over long distances with minimal maintenance requirements. It meets important IoT requirements, such as bi-directional communication, end-to-end security, mobility and a geolocation service.  

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Swisscom is a member of the LoRa Alliance® and collaborates in the further development of the LoRaWAN® standard.

LoRaWAN® is a registered trademark of the LoRa Alliance®.

When is it the right solution?

If your IoT application requires battery-saving communication over a Low Power Network that offers good building penetration, especially in places with poor reception. The communications network needs to be available in indoor and outdoor areas throughout Switzerland with the ability to be strengthened locally.

The Swisscom LPN reliably transmits your IoT data across Switzerland – and other countries, thanks to our roaming agreement. No cable installations are needed because the transmission of data between your IoT devices and the gateways connected to the Internet is wireless. This is hugely beneficial in buildings with preserved architectural heritage or when tracking containers, for instance. Despite regular data transfers, your devices consume virtually no power, and the batteries last up to ten years. The LPN achieves a long range and effective building penetration.

You do not need any specific expertise to use your IoT network. The devices connected to LoRaWAN are managed simply, using a dashboard or your own systems and a wide range of self-service configuration, diagnostics and alert functions.

Your benefits:

  • 24/7 monitoring and field services ensure maximum network availability
  • Stable IoT connectivity, even in rural areas and other countries
  • Energy-saving, Swiss-wide geolocation without the use of GPS technology

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Current LPN LoRaWAN® network coverage

The Swisscom LPN currently covers 97 percent of the Swiss population. The information on this map is based on network coverage simulations, which means it may deviate slightly from actual coverage.

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LPN in use

The Swisscom Low Power Network is the reliable connectivity platform for countless IoT applications. Here are some examples of how companies and local authorities can act more sustainably and profitably thanks to IoT solutions.

A water supply cooperative uses water meters. To collect consumption data, employees have to read the meters in person. With LPN, meter devices send consumption data to the billing centre on a daily or even an hourly basis. The automated generation of current data opens up new opportunities and business models to utility companies.

A local authority makes extensive use of LoRaWAN sensors to monitor the local environmental conditions in order to plan its road salt spreading schedules. This energy-saving solution allows devices to operate over a large area for a long time with minimal maintenance. The local authority also uses several sensors to measure air quality in the municipal region. Based on this efficiently collected data, the authority identifies areas in which improvement measures are required.

A concert equipment provider has hired out valuable equipment. LoRaWAN sensors allow it to cost-effectively determine where the equipment is at all times. It also doesn’t have to worry about replacing the batteries in the sensors. A pharmaceutical sales company wants to ensure that the required refrigeration temperature is maintained throughout the entire logistics chain. To do so, it deploys a large number of cost-effective LoRaWAN temperature sensors across Switzerland.

A farmer wants to protect his harvest from adverse environmental conditions. He therefore uses sensors to monitor fertiliser, moisture levels and temperature. When critical levels are reached, he receives automatically generated reports and can respond promptly, by irrigating a dry field, for instance.

A bank uses LoRaWAN sensors to monitor the air quality in the offices at its headquarters. The readings feed into the ventilation management system, which can then guarantee consistently high air quality throughout the building.

Data from LoRaWAN sensors provides an insurance company with meaningful data relating to actual workplace occupancy and available meeting rooms. The company can use this to optimise the organisation’s site strategy and behaviour and take an important step towards the Smart Office.

Local authorities or cantons can use the Internet of Things to network their street lighting systems and control them remotely using LoRaWAN. This reduces light pollution and energy consumption. They can also rapidly adjust the street lighting from their control rooms according to the situation, for instance if there is a cultural event in a particular area.

Why Swisscom?


The largest Swiss-wide LoRaWAN®, also available in other countries.


Professional network support thanks to long-standing experience.


Managed connectivity without major investment on your par.

What our customers say


LPN LoRaWAN provides a cost-effective and highly energy-efficient way to transfer small amounts of data. The Swisscom LPN is Switzerland’s largest and best LoRaWAN network. The national coverage it provides enables you to carry out LoRaWAN-based geolocation without energy-intensive GPS modules. By using LPN, you can focus fully on your application, without having to think about network management. If you want to extend or consolidate your network locally, our LPN gateways offer a simple, cost-efficient solution. All you need is a mains supply.

Battery life depends on a number of factors: How good is the local network coverage? How often is data transmitted? What volume of data is sent? How energy efficient is the device and what built-in sensors does it have? How does the energy consumption of a GPS module, for example, compare to that of IoT communication? Depending on the device and applications, batteries may last up to ten years or more.

LoRaWAN can be considered highly secure because it supports the concept of end-to-end encryption. For this, is uses AES-128 (advanced encryption standard). An individual symmetric key (AppKey) is required for connection to the network.

Yes. If it is configured correctly and has the right connectivity plan, you can also use IoT devices in other countries. We are constantly working on the expansion of our offering. The Swisscom LPN is currently available in France, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the UK and Ireland. Do you have specific requirements? Please get in touch with us. We will be happy to help you.

Yes. In addition to connectivity, Swisscom also offers fully integrated IoT solutions that are designed around your requirements. We also collaborate with various partners from our IoT ecosystem, who we can call upon if necessary, such as hardware manufacturers.

LoRa is a wireless transmission technology that uses modulation according to the CSS principle. LoRa communicates in the unlicensed but regulated ISM frequency range (868 MHz in Europe). The technology was invented and is owned by the semiconductor supplier Semtech. 

LoRaWAN is an open communications protocol standard that uses LoRa technology and includes the network layer. LoRaWAN is managed globally by the LoRa Alliance, whose members include Swisscom.

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