Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Feds Launch Wireless Research Lab Aimed at Maximizing Canada's Wireless Spectrum

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Feds Launch Wireless Research Lab Aimed at Maximizing Canada's Wireless Spectrum

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New federal lab to maximize wireless spectrum

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OTTAWA - The federal government says a new research lab that aims to get the most of out the country's finite wireless spectrum will eventually help Canadians avoid more dropped calls, spotty reception and hefty smartphone bills.

Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains says the suburban Ottawa laboratory will use new technologies like big data analytics and artificial intelligence as it searches for ways to make more efficient use of the economically critical wireless spectrum.

Bains says spectrum management is crucial because wireless data traffic is expected to increase 1,000 times by 2020, which will apply significant pressure on the country's infrastructure.

He says the radio waves are a public resource that underpin all modern communications -- everything from TV and radio broadcasting to phone service and wireless data. …

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