Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rogers Communications to Test 5G Tech in Ottawa, Toronto and Other Cities

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rogers Communications to Test 5G Tech in Ottawa, Toronto and Other Cities

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Rogers to test 5G tech in several cities

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TORONTO - Rogers Communications Inc. expects to begin testing core applications for fifth-generation wireless networks later this year in Ottawa, after more precise 5G industry standards come out, the company's chief technology officer said Monday.

The tests will be conducted with long-time network supplier Ericsson, a Swedish multinational that has a major research and development lab in Ottawa -- one of Canada's main technology development hubs.

Jorge Fernandes, who recently joined Rogers as its chief technology officer, told reporters that 5G networks probably won't to be ready for "prime time" until about 2020 because of the hardware and software that's still to be developed.

But he added that the introduction of the new networks will require collaboration with many partners, including city governments and businesses.

"There's still a lot being done to develop the technology itself. And it's important that we start explaining and bringing these partners along so that they can see the future and see the benefits they will bring," Fernandes said.

The new 5G level of wireless service is expected to deliver significantly faster download speeds compared with today's LTE networks and make new technologies possible.

While there are foreseeable consumer applications for 5G such as virtual reality, Fernandes expects a bigger initial value from machine-to-machine applications used by communities and businesses.

"There's only so much throughput you can get on a handset device to watch a video. That's not really the relevant application," Fernandes said.

"It's when you start seeing virtual reality, when you start seeing smart cities -- that's where I think we'll see really exciting innovations come from."

For example, Fernandes said, a city with 5G-connected traffic monitoring would assist self-driving vehicles that are currently being developed and rolled out on a limited trial basis in various countries. …

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