World’s Largest RedCap Trial Succeeds

A Successful Milestone in RedCap Testing: China Mobile and Partners

World's largest RedCap trial succeeds

On February 20, 2024, authored by Yao Liwei

China Mobile, along with 10 partners, has successfully completed the world’s largest, most comprehensive, and diversified RedCap (5G Lightweight) live network scale trial. Simultaneously, China Mobile has facilitated the commercial readiness of the first batch of chips and terminals, bringing the RedCap end-to-end industry to a commercial level.

This experiment was conducted on a large-scale trial network built by China Mobile, covering five cities including Ningbo, Zhejiang, Guangzhou, Guangdong, Shanghai, Yueyang, Hunan, Shiyan, Hubei, creating a complete commercial industry chain, and conducting comprehensive tests in both laboratories and field locations. The experiment encompassed all possible usage scenarios, with participating manufacturers spanning the entire industry chain.

5G Reduced Capability (RedCap) is a streamlined version of the 5G network tailored for scenarios where network performance is equivalent to the previous LTE generation. RedCap features high transmission rates, low power consumption, low complexity, and a high number of devices, addressing the traditional 5G drawbacks of high costs and power consumption.

Significantly, this experiment also involved chip terminal testing, realizing a fully commercial industry chain from “chip to network.” This approach effectively accelerates the maturity of chips and modules, laying a foundation for the widespread application of 5G in the future.

According to insiders, with the reduced latency and increased transmission rates in 5G RedCap, users will undoubtedly enjoy a better user experience. As technology continues to mature, 5G is poised to be widely adopted in the coming years, profoundly impacting the entire technology industry.

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