Vodafone, Ericsson, and Qualcomm advance 5G with RedCap technology

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Vodafone, Ericsson, and Qualcomm advance 5G with RedCap technology
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In a significant step toward integrating a wider range of devices into 5G networks, Vodafone (NASDAQ: VOD ), Ericsson (BS: ERICAs ), and Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM ) Technologies have successfully demonstrated the RAN Reduced Capability (RedCap) data sessions in Europe. This trial, which took place today on Vodafone Spain's CREATE network, utilized Ericsson’s specialized RedCap RAN software and Qualcomm's Snapdragon X35 platform. The demonstration is a key precursor to the expected commercial deployment of such devices in 2024.

The test conducted in Ciudad Real marks the European debut of this technology, which is designed to connect low-power devices like portable routers and smartwatches more efficiently to the 5G network. RedCap technology is essential for bringing an array of devices into Vodafone's 5G ecosystem without substantial battery consumption. This can potentially lead to innovations such as lighter virtual reality glasses.

In addition to the hardware advancements, Vodafone is also working on enhancing its APIs to optimize device power usage by intelligently adjusting network settings. This move is part of a broader strategy to support an increase in connected energy-efficient devices on their networks.

Previously in September 2023, New Radio Light (NR-Light) technology was showcased in Ciudad Real. This demonstration highlighted the capability of 5G RedCap NR technology to support 'middle-range' devices. Dino Flore from Qualcomm emphasized the significance of this demonstration for OEMs and network users looking forward to adopting new commercial use cases with the benefits of 5G SA (standalone architecture). Francisco Martín from Vodafone also projected that these developments would enhance network support for more connected energy-efficient devices.

The collaboration between these tech giants indicates a clear commitment to advancing 5G technology and expanding its reach beyond traditional mobile phones and high-end devices. With an eye on sustainability and efficiency, the successful implementation of RedCap could redefine connectivity standards for a multitude of devices in our increasingly interconnected world.

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