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5G RedCap white paper

Is 5G RedCap the right fit for your IoT connectivity needs?

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Reduced capacity 5G can mean increased commercial opportunity

5G RedCap (short for ‘reduced capability’) is a relatively new standard designed to support devices which can benefit from some advantages of 5G (such as high speed, ultra-low latency and high reliability) but which simply do not require the capabilities of full 5G. Full 5G is impractical and needlessly expensive for many IoT use cases, and in many markets 5G network infrastructure is still not deployed. That will change over time as more networks are built, and costs come down – but for a substantial portion of the IoT market, full 5G simply isn’t necessary.

This is where 5G RedCap comes in. RedCap delivers throughput of more than 220Mbps downlink and over 120Mbps uplink which, while far below full 5G’s gigabits of potential speed, is substantially more powerful than NB-IoT or Cat M1, and comparable to more advanced 4G standards – but with much reduced latency over 4G networks, enabling use cases which rely on near real-time data communication.

Adoption of commercial 5G RedCap devices is accelerating as industries and consumers adopt RedCap-enabled wearables for health monitoring and applications such as low-cost wireless sensors for industrial data collection and asset tracking. Developments will enter the market in the upcoming 3GPP Release 18, which will include enhanced-RedCap (eRedCap), which will serve the use cases currently being served by LTE Cat 1 and Cat 1 bis.

5G RedCap also includes the benefits of the 5G core, meaning it can support new features such as network slicing and advanced positioning. RedCap can therefore offer some of the key features of 5G at far lower cost – as much as 80% below the expense of full 5G – while also greatly reducing energy consumption. This blend of advanced network capabilities and lower cost positions RedCap as the natural choice for a vast range of existing and upcoming devices, from remote monitoring and predictive maintenance to safety cameras and asset tracking.

The market potential for RedCap is therefore immense, with some research indicating as many as 18% of all cellular IoT modules shipped by 2030 are likely to be based on the RedCap standard. Read our new white paper to learn more about the implications for your industry, key use cases, what lies ahead as the standard evolves, and how we can help you to realize the considerable benefits of this emerging technology.

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Key use cases for 5G RedCap

The future of the 5G RedCap standard

How we can support RedCap deployments