Canada's first 5G-enabled device will be available next month

Feb 12 2020, 8:27 am

Canada is about to get its first 5G network phone.

The country’s first 5G network smartphone is going to be available starting on March 6 through Rogers, and will be on the new Samsung Galaxy S20 5G series.

Rogers began rolling out Canada’s 5G network in downtown Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, and said that 20 more markets are coming this year.

“We are thrilled to bring our Rogers Infinite customers the first 5G smartphone in Canada on the country’s first 5G network,” said Brent Johnston, President, Wireless, Rogers Communications.

“Unlimited data is critical to unleash the full potential of 5G wireless technology and applications in the future, and our customers are ready to take full advantage of that potential with Rogers Infinite plans that let them share unlimited data with no overages across their devices on Canada’s only national network.”

According to Rogers, the 5G network initially uses 2.5 GHz spectrum in the downtown cores of Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal and will expand to use 600 MHz 5G spectrum later this year.

“600 MHz is best suited to carry wireless data across long distances and through dense urban buildings, creating more consistent and higher quality coverage in both remote areas and smart cities,” said Rogers.

The wireless company says that over the next several years, 5G will transform businesses and industries with increased speed and capacity, more efficient use of spectrum, improved battery life and lower latency.

“5G will also support a massive increase in the number of connected devices that require near instantaneous access for applications like augmented and virtual reality, smart communities, remote patient health care, robotics, and driverless vehicles,” they said.