An overview of 5G NR-Light, including definition, benefits and advantages, as well as opportunities for IoT.
The latest advancement in cellular technology within the IoT landscape is 5G RedCap. Designed to cater to a range of use cases, 5G RedCap adds a new dimension to IoT connectivity. This article delves into the concept of 5G RedCap, exploring its benefits, use cases, and transition timeline.
5G RedCap, short for 5G Reduced Capability; also called 5G NR-Light, is a significant addition to the 5G family. While the initial 5G release targeted enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communication (uRLLC), and massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC), there emerged a need for a solution that could address applications falling between these extremes. Enter 5G RedCap – a standard introduced to bridge this gap.
5G RedCap offers several benefits for IoT applications, including:
5G RedCap caters to applications where ultra-low latency isn’t a critical requirement, but reasonable throughput is essential. 5G NR-Light is well-suited for a wide range of IoT applications, including:
The transition from LTE Cat 1 or Cat 4 to 5G RedCap depends on factors like application lifespan and deployment region. It is important to point out that RedCap is in its infancy, and it will take quite some time before this is available globally.
Operators often begin with the non-standalone (NSA) version of 5G, anchored in 4G, before moving to the standalone (SA) version with full capabilities. The timeline for adoption will vary, with the first 5G RedCap chipsets expected in 2023 and 2024, followed by commercial devices.
Notably, regions like the US and certain APAC countries are likely to lead in adopting RedCap. Applications with long lifespan of ten years or more, would also benefit from monitoring the progress of this new technology.
5G RedCap is a new 5G standard that is designed to address the use cases in between the high speed Enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), the ultra-reliable low latency communications (uRLLC) and the low throughput and battery efficient Massive Machine-Type Communication (mMTC) technologies. 5G RedCap is well-suited for a wide range of IoT applications and will probably play an important role in future IoT deployments. For the time being, LTE Cat 1 and Cat 4 are the most suitable for those IoT scenarios.
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