Canada’s first 5G network expands into Quebec

Sep 1 2020, 7:16 am

Rogers 5G network is coming to more parts of Quebec.

The telecommunications company made the announcement on Tuesday that Gatineau, Quebec City, and Trois-Rivières is part of Roger’s 50-city launch and will reach a total of 60 Canadian cities by the end of the year.

In January, Rogers rolled out 5G in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa.

Rogers says the 5G network is expected to be the most transformative technology since wireless services were introduced in 1985.

“5G will make real-time connectivity a reality, accelerating the transition to a truly digitally connected world,” says the company.

“5G is a significant technological evolution that will change the way we live and work in Quebec,” said Edith Cloutier, President of Quebec, Rogers Communications. “Building on our launch of 5G in Montreal earlier this year, we are proud to expand 5G coverage to Gatineau, Quebec City and Trois-Rivières. Through this transformative technology, we are laying the foundation to shape entire industries and support Quebec’s economy as we power out of the pandemic.”

Rogers says over time, 5G will introduce new capabilities that are “significantly more advanced” than previous generations of wireless tech. The lag between sending a request and the network responding will drop to one millisecond, 400 times faster than the blink of an eye.

“From network slicing to give first responders a dedicated network, to wireless sensors that monitor farmers’ soil conditions saving them time and money, to using virtual reality that enhances the retail customer experience, to multi-player lag-free gaming on the go – 5G will deliver a world of possibilities,” continued the company’s news release.

Rogers investment in 5G networks is expected to contribute an estimated $40 billion to Canada’s economy and 250,000 new jobs in the next six years. In Montreal alone, Rogers says its 5G network has the potential to increase the city’s GDP by $535 million in productivity thanks to reduced traffic congestion.

After investing over $30 billion over the past 35 years to expand its wireless network, Rogers was awarded the best wireless network in Canada for the second year in a row by umlaut, a mobile networking testing company.

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