Ontario and Quebec partnering with industry on $400 million ‘5G network’

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Ontario and Quebec are receiving a pre-commercial 5G testbed network through a $400 million CAD private-public partnership.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the governments of Quebec and Ontario are investing with five large industry players to create a ‘5G corridor’ that will provide Canadian businesses with the ability to test software and apps in environments running pre-commercial 5G equipment.

The five industry players are Ericsson, Ciena, Thales, IBM and CGI — a group that has banded together under the title Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Quebec and Ontario for Research and Innovation (ENCQOR).

ENCQOR will be coordinated by Prompt, CEFRIO and Ontario Centres of Excellence. The group lists the following benefits of ENCQOR for Canadian businesses:

  • Access to ‘5G Innovation Platform as a Service (iPaas)’ test beds
  • Technical expertise, training, physical space, and support to help businesses take advantage of 5G
  • Talent development for students and recent graduates
  • Support for customer development and engagement activities 5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology, offering faster data rates of multiple gigabits-per-second and lower latencies, as well as providing a more flexible canvas for the various types of wireless activity that now exist.

This article was originally published on MobileSyrup