RedCap Consumer Devices to Drive New Use Cases and Expand the 5G Ecosystem

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By David McQueen | 2Q 2022 | IN-6591


RedCap Consumer Devices Set to Become Commercially Available from 2025


The standardization of the first generation of Reduced Capability (RedCap) User Equipment (UE) will be a part of The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 17’s 5G update (functionally frozen in March 2022), Release 18, and beyond. First devices are to be made sometime in 2024, with consumer products likely to arrive in 2025. The essence of RedCap devices is that they are designed to expand the growth of energy-constrained use cases, which are required to transmit simple, less bandwidth-demanding applications over 5G that also do not require low latency when compared with current 5G New Radio (NR) products. This will address devices destined for the consumer, industrial, and enterprise markets, including items such as consumer wearables and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) sensors.

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