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Telia Company has conducted field tests of 5G RedCap

29. 09. 2023 Friday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page

T elia Company, together with Nokia and Mediatek, conducted field tests in Finland with 5G RedCap technology. Telia's leading and award-winning IoT solutions enable businesses worldwide to increase their reach, become more efficient and increase sustainability. Now, testing RedCap is one possible next step in expanding the IoT ecosystem.

5G's faster speeds, lower latency, greater energy efficiency, and increased capacity will improve consumers' ability to stream video, play games, or immerse themselves in new experiences in virtual reality, while also enabling new industrial use cases, such as automated transportation systems, services . robots and more accurate global positioning. By June 2023, Telia had achieved 84 percent residential 5G coverage. While Telia's 5G rollout continues, Telia remains at the forefront of evaluating new technologies and new capabilities.

This is where RedCap comes in. The driving force behind 5G is New Radio (NR) radio access technology, which enables continuous improvements but also introduces new use cases, ultimately expanding the 5G ecosystem. Reduced Capability NR – or RedCap – can now bring 5G to devices that don't use full 5G capability. These include devices such as smartwatches and other wearables, health trackers, and smart home systems that require lower battery life and bandwidth.

"Today, Telia offers low-power wide area (LPWA) mobile networks designed for the IoT with better coverage, longer battery life and lower costs," says Staffan Eriksson, Senior Portfolio Manager for IoT Connectivity at Telia. “IoT Connectivity will continue to evolve within 5G, and these new networks will enable solutions and innovations not previously possible. We are now connecting a large number of IoT devices to our networks, enabling our customers to increase efficiency and achieve sustainability goals. We have now also successfully tested 5G RedCap, which will ultimately complement our current IoT ecosystem and services to customers.”

Telia, Nokia and Mediatek jointly performed the field tests. The test setup included a radio access network (RAN) and RedCap was installed at a base station within Telia Finland's production network, which connected the base station to Telia's 5G SA packet core. The test device was provided by Nokia, from Mediatek. The test was performed as a mobility test to ensure that all transmissions are working.

“Successful field tests confirm that Nokia's 5G networks are ready to use RedCap in stand-alone mode. Simplified RedCap devices extend the application of 5G SA to use cases with reduced bandwidth requirements. Nokia is playing a significant role in driving industry standards and adoption of this technology, ensuring RedCap is able to serve enterprise and industrial IoT use cases and enable a broader ecosystem of consumer devices, including wearables,” he said. Ari Kynäslahti, the leader. the strategy and technology division of Nokia Mobile Networks.

"Working with Telia and Nokia is a significant milestone in the 5G IoT market launch," said Pascal Lemasson, Vice President of European Sales at MediaTek. "RedCap represents an important technological leap that will not only make 5G IoT devices, such as wearables and industrial wireless sensors, more efficient and affordable, but also take advantage of all the connectivity benefits that 5G offers."

In recent years, Telia has continuously increased the number of IoT devices connected to the mobile network on its networks in the Nordic and Baltic countries. For example, 2021 saw a 44 percent increase, more than double the 2020 increase.

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