The Helium Network is the world's largest LoRaWAN Network. Because of this, it becomes a very attractive network to other public and private LoRaWAN Network Server providers (LNSes) who want to extend their coverage without deploying their own infrastructure and capital.
The Helium Hotspot enables anyone to own and operate a wireless network for low-power Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The Helium Hotspot provides hundreds of square miles of connectivity and can transmit data at a fraction of the cost of a cellular network.
The Helium network is now fully compatible with the LoRaWAN protocol and available to the LoRa community of more than 8,000 active software developers.
To make a simplified comparison between these technologies: Wi-Fi sends large amounts of data at a high speed over a short range, whereas LoRaWAN transfers small bits of data a few times hourly or daily, over multiple kilometers.