Boost IoT with 5G NR RedCap

The adoption of 5G New Radio (NR) has grown rapidly since its first commercial launch in 2019, bringing a significant boost in data rates to mobile devices. As of February 2022, nearly 200 operators in more than 60 countries had launched 5G mobile services. With the 3rd Generation Partnership Project’s (3GPP) Release 17, 5G NR expands its reach to new users with diverse requirements.

This white paper looks back at the first cellular technologies that supported IoT. It examines 5GNR reduced capability (Red Cap) devices, a category of user equipment (UE) that requires more capacity than LTE-based technologies (Cat-M or NB-IoT) provide and supports low cost and power consumption. It includes a review of the new parameters and the most relevant changes introduced in 3GPP R17 Layer 1, Layer 2, and Layer 3 procedures to support new RedCap devices.

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