5th generation (5G) systems have been designed with three main objectives in mind: increasing throughput, reducing latency, and enabling reliable communications. To meet these (often conflicting) constraints, the 3GPP released a set of specifications for 5G NR, one of the main innovations being the support for communications in the millimeter wave (mmWave) bands. However, how to implement lower complexity, energy efficient, mid-market Internet of Things (IoT) applications is still an on-going investigation, currently led by the 3GPP which is extending the NR standard with NR-Light specifications to support devices with reduced capabilities (REDCAP). While REDCAP devices may also operate at mmWaves to improve the network performance, hardware/software simplifications are needed to support balanced and mixed requirements compared to 5G NR systems. In this context, the contributions of this paper are threefold. First, we present some NR-Light use cases for which the support of the mmWave bands is desirable. Second, we describe how 5G NR can be simplified to achieve NR-Light requirements and expectations. Finally, we evaluate via simulation the performance of NR-Light devices operating at mmWaves in an industrial IoT setup, in terms of cost and complexity, throughput, and latency.

5G NR-Light at Millimeter Waves: Design Guidelines for Mid-Market IoT Use Cases

Pagin M.;Zugno T.;Giordani M.;Zorzi M.
2023

Abstract

5th generation (5G) systems have been designed with three main objectives in mind: increasing throughput, reducing latency, and enabling reliable communications. To meet these (often conflicting) constraints, the 3GPP released a set of specifications for 5G NR, one of the main innovations being the support for communications in the millimeter wave (mmWave) bands. However, how to implement lower complexity, energy efficient, mid-market Internet of Things (IoT) applications is still an on-going investigation, currently led by the 3GPP which is extending the NR standard with NR-Light specifications to support devices with reduced capabilities (REDCAP). While REDCAP devices may also operate at mmWaves to improve the network performance, hardware/software simplifications are needed to support balanced and mixed requirements compared to 5G NR systems. In this context, the contributions of this paper are threefold. First, we present some NR-Light use cases for which the support of the mmWave bands is desirable. Second, we describe how 5G NR can be simplified to achieve NR-Light requirements and expectations. Finally, we evaluate via simulation the performance of NR-Light devices operating at mmWaves in an industrial IoT setup, in terms of cost and complexity, throughput, and latency.
2023
Proceedings of the 2023 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC)
978-1-6654-5719-4
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