5G Canada Council
The 5G Canada Council supports a dynamic 5G ecosystem through advocacy,
research and cross-sector collaboration.
5G of “fifth generation” refers to the next generation of mobile wireless standards and technologies. 5G will enable a fully connected and mobile society, and deliver unprecedented benefits to citizens, industry and government.
The 5G Canada Council is a multistakeholder Council with a membership base that includes Canadian wireless carriers, network equipment providers, academia and other product and service providers in the 5G ecosystem.
Fuel for Innovation – Canada’s Path in the Race to 5G
‘Fast and Steady’ Wins the Race: Canadian Wireless Networks Among World Leaders in Both Speed and Consistency
Canada is well recognized as having some of the fastest 4G wireless networks in the world. In addition to speed, however, another factor that contributes significantly to a user’s wireless experience is consistency. A mobile user may experience quick download speeds...read more
Canada’s low-band 600 MHz spectrum auction took place between March 12-April 4. Participants bid for 54 rounds and spent a total of $3.47B. Rogers acquired the most licenses at 52, Telus acquired 12, and Bell opted to acquire none. Xplornet purchased several East Coast licenses, while Iristel purchased spectrum that will extend its wireless services to Newfoundland. The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) set-aside 43% of spectrum for new and regional players.read more
Federal Budget 2019 introduced a $1.7B Universal Broadband Fund to help deploy high-speed “backbone” to underserved communities. The budget also proposed a $1B broadband investment through Canada Infrastructure Bank. $117M was earmarked to help prepare Canada’s next-generation wireless networks. With private sector support, the government expects $5-6B will be invested in Canadian connectivity projects over the next 10 years.read more