Realizing 5G's Potential

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July 21, 2021 – Qualcomm’s chief marketing officer, Don McGuire, recently observed that 5G will connect a million devices per square kilometer – enabling a new world of applications in fields such as education, manufacturing, and health. Across Canada, hundreds of communities have already been enabled by 5G. As Canada’s 3.5 GHz mid-band auction draws to a close, continued capital investment by communications companies will bring even more 5G benefits to consumers, enterprises, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and rural and urban Canadians alike.

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Rogers Brings 5G to 14 More Quebec Communities

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July 15, 2021 – Rogers has extended its 5G network to 14 more Quebec towns as part of an effort to enhance connectivity in 360 communities before the end of 2021. The number of Quebec communities with Rogers 5G access is now in excess of 80 towns and cities. According to a statement, Rogers’ 2020 investments have produced a total economic footprint of over $2.4 billion in Quebec. A video featuring the team building its 5G network is available here.

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Bell to Partner With Google on Its 5G Cloud

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July 15, 2021 – Bell has announced it will move 5G workloads to Google Cloud as part of a multi-year partnership. The carrier announced a similar hyperscaler arrangement with Amazon Web Services in June to support 5G multi-access edge compute (MEC) services. Last May, UK operator Vodafone entered a similar partnership with Google Cloud. Bell intends to expand 5G to 50% of the Canadian population by the end of this year, and has begun offering 5G roaming on networks reaching more than 90% of the U.S.

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Five Canadian Industries Leveraging 5G

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June 28, 2021 – Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks looked at five industries that are expected to leverage the power of 5G. In healthcare, CENGN noted that telemedicine will reduce wait times, travel times and overall health costs. IoT sensors will improve safety in the manufacturing sector by rapidly detecting factory hazards. Retail businesses can benefit from using VR to grow their customer bases, while entertainment companies can leverage 5G to develop more immersive augmented reality (AR) games. In the automotive industry, 5G will make it possible to connect vehicles with smart city infrastructure to enable solutions for public safety, parking, route planning, congestion and other traffic-related issues.

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Global 5G

200 Million 5G Roaming Users by 2026

July 26, 2021 – With international travel resuming, and demand for data set to increase domestically and abroad, Juniper Research is forecasting that the number of 5G roamers will exceed 200 million between 2021 and 2026. In their latest whitepaper, released this month, global 5G roaming is expected to increase 4,500% – from 4.5 million to 210 million users. During the same five-year period, roaming traffic on 5G networks is expected to rise from 2.6 to 770 petabytes worldwide.

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Broadband, Satellite Players Vie for 12 GHz

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July 13, 2021 – 12 GHz refers to a 500 MHz range between 12.2-12.7 GHz, also called the K band, which has traditionally been used for satellite communications – including by the International Space Station. Lately, it has become at issue in the contest between satellite technology and 5G, with calls being made to open the band up for greater broadband use. The FCC is considering such proposals, while U.S. satellite players contend that a shared-use model would interfere with their provision of incumbent satellite services.

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Mastercard Signs Deal on 5G and Payments

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July 13, 2021 – Verizon Business and Mastercard are entering a strategic partnership to produce global fintech, payment and banking solutions. They will use IoT connectivity to provide hyper-automated, immersive commerce experiences – including through Tap on Phone devices. The two companies will test 5G and Mobile Edge Computing use cases at Mastercard's Tech Hub in New York City.

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Mobile Industry Needs 2 GHz of Spectrum by 2030

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July 9, 2021 – According to GSMA, governments should license an average of 2 GHz of upper mid-band to ensure efficient 5G deployment in cities around the world. This was the conclusion of a report that analyzed the spectrum needed to deliver reliable 5G service in 36 cities between 2025 and 2030. Such deployments would be consistent with the data speed requirements of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). In addition to using 3.3-3.8 GHz spectrum, meanwhile, GSMA recommends the long-term use of 3.3-4.2 GHz, 4.8 GHz and 6 GHz frequencies, as well.

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