Canada's first 5G network expands to 18 cities in Ontario

Sep 1 2020, 6:34 am

Rogers is expanding Canada’s first and largest 5G network to 18 new cities and towns in Ontario.

On Tuesday, the telecommunications announced that including these markets, Rogers 5G network, has launched in over 50 new cities and towns in the country and will reach a total of more than 60 markets by the end of 2020.

Rogers 5G is currently accessible to customers on Rogers Infinite plans and unlimited business wireless plans with select 5G-ready devices.

“5G is the next technological evolution that will transform the way we live and work in Ontario,” said Philippe Oille, President of Southwestern Ontario Region, Rogers Communications.

“Building on our launch of 5G in Ottawa and Toronto earlier this year, we are proud to now reach 18 new cities and towns in Ontario including our innovation corridor, while continuing to support important 5G research and innovation through our partnerships with the University of Waterloo and Communitech.”

In addition to providing the latest technology for consumers and businesses, Rogers has supported the University of Waterloo’s 5G Smart Campus to give university researchers testing 5G applications “in a real-world setting.”

This is in support of Rogers three-year, multi-million-dollar partnership agreement with the University of Waterloo to advance 5G research in the Toronto-Waterloo tech corridor.

Through the Rogers 5G Create Lab at Communitech, Rogers is also collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to create the Rogers 5G Create On AWS Developer Program that provides access to talks, workshops, mentoring, 5G and Edge infrastructure and technical support for start-ups and researchers with a focus on 5G, IoT and Mobile edge computing.

“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.”

The Ontario cities and towns include:

  • Aurora
  • Markham
  • Uxbridge
  • Barrie
  • Milton
  • Vaughan
  • Brampton
  • Mississauga
  • Waterloo
  • Caledon
  • Newmarket
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville
  • Cambridge
  • Ottawa
  • Halton Hills
  • Oshawa
  • Hamilton
  • Richmond Hill
  • Kitchener
  • Toronto

Wireless industry investments in 5G networks are expected to contribute an estimated $40 billion to the country’s economy and 250,000 permanent new jobs by 2026.

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