One aspect of Nokia that has always appealed to me is its consistent investment in research and development. The evolution of mobile phones has been a compelling reason for my loyalty to Nokia for over 20 years.
While Nokia may have evolved over the years, it continues to invest in the research and development of new technologies. One such innovation is 5G Reduced Capability (RedCap), which caters to devices that don’t require the full spectrum of 5G capabilities. For instance, smartphones heavily rely on the complete potential of 5G networks, which often demands complex hardware and power-intensive features, leading to increased costs, larger sizes, and higher power consumption.
In contrast, IoT devices like wearables, health trackers for consumers, and routers have lower demands in terms of battery life and bandwidth. 5G RedCap is designed specifically for these devices, simplifying 5G technology and providing providers with the opportunity to maximize the use of their latest networking standards. RedCap ensures optimal performance and power efficiency for these devices.
Nokia, in partnership with British BT Group and MediaTek, has conducted successful field tests with 5G Reduced Capability (RedCap) technology. The trial, conducted at BT Group’s Adastral Park site, leveraged Nokia’s AirScale RAN portfolio, EE’s 5G Standalone (SA) network, and MediaTek’s RedCap testing platform. RedCap technology, introduced in 3GPP Release 17, extends 5G capabilities to devices that don’t require the full suite. Nokia has played a pivotal role in advancing RedCap IoT functionality in collaboration with the telecommunications industry. This paves the way for operators to extend their services to a greater number of devices on their 5G networks.
Does this bring Nokia closer to the world of consumer products once again? I would love to see wearables being used to test 5G RedCap technology.
By the way, take a look at this video where Nokia showcases how future voice services, using IMS Data Channel, could transform various aspects, from improving caller ID content to reimagining contact centers. Looks interesting.