Lora is purely for IoT
I know Lora runs in the 868Mhz band and it can be run by a public community .
Internet Solutions will be running a Lora network but obviously at a cost. The other network run by DFA is SigFox but it is almost impossible to deal with the local South African guys SqwidNet.
My interest is to run IoT nodes to monitor water usage and veld fires on my empty plot. Obviously no internet access.
I need nodes that are inexpensive like ESP8266 devices that run off small batteries (18650's recoverd from laptop). I could create a gateway of my own but need a high site to communicate with.
Commercial gateways are available - https://www.loriot.io/lora-gateways.html - but also OpenWRT gateways.
The message payload is max 242bytes so should have minimal impact on bandwidth. There is some form of algorithm to limit how many messages you can send as well.