January 16, 2020
Capacity of a LoRaWAN cell, by Martin Heusse (Drakkar)
We propose a model to estimate the packet delivery rate in a LoRaWAN cell, when all nodes have the same traffic generation process and may use repetitions. The model predicts the transmission success rate for any cell range and node density, with similar traffic from all nodes. We find that the transmission success depends on striking a balance between the adverse effects of attenuation and collisions; in small cells, it is highly dependent on the suitable allocation of spreading factors, whereas using packet repetitions is more effective in large cells.