ENCQOR 5G and Telesat Partner on Advancing 5G

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January 11, 2022 – ENCQOR 5G is partnering with Telesat to deliver 5G connectivity for remote communities, agriculture and energy industries, and maritime, aviation and government bodies. Telesat will incorporate a backhaul link into the ENCQOR testbed to enable telcos and other researchers to test on fibre and satellite connections for 5G applications. Canada’s Telesat has conducted Phase 1 LEO satellite trials with 5G mobile networks around the world. ENCQOR has been developing the first 5G communications corridor in Canada since 2017.

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Private 5G for Canada's Second-Largest Gold Mine

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January 26, 2022 – Kirkland Lake Gold and Rogers Business have launched a 5G wireless private network (WPN) at Canada’s second-largest gold mine. Using tele-remote operations and industrial IoT sensors, the 5G WPN at Detour Lake in northeastern Ontario will provide workers with better connectivity, communication and safety across an 80 km² coverage area. Rogers has also constructed five cellular towers that will make use of a full range of spectrum to support diverse applications throughout the mine.

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5G Service Expands to Several Communities in P.E.I.

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January 11, 2022 – Bell has announced 5G services for a number of P.E.I. communities that include Charlottetown, Kensington, Abram-Village and Sherbrooke. Bell Mobility president Claire Gillies says customers with 5G devices should be automatically connected once 5G becomes available in their area, estimating that over half of those customers already have 5G-compatible devices. Eastlink’s Jill Lang has said that it acquired 5G spectrum and is building 5G connectivity ahead of announcements later this year.

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FAA Clears 90% Of Aircraft to Fly Near 5G in U.S.

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January 25, 2022 – The Federal Aviation Administration has said that at least 90% of U.S. commercial aircraft are shielded from 5G interference, clearing more aircraft for low-visibility landings in the presence of 5G. Together with an agreement from U.S. telcos to temporarily limit power levels and building cell towers near airports, this has eased concerns about the impact of C-band deployment on U.S. air travel. The FAA has warned that its approvals are subject to a monthly review of power levels and new cell towers. The FAA faced criticism for issuing less approvals than expected in the early days of C-band deployment this month.

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5G's Green Footprint – 'Infrastructure of the Future'

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January 7, 2022 – At the Consumer Electronics Show 2022, Qualcomm’s Kirti Gupta said that the green outlook for 5G surpasses previous generations of wireless. She cited Qualcomm research on 5G use cases in agriculture, energy, transportation, manufacturing and architecture, saying 5G will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 350 million metric tonnes by the year 2025, at the same time as it reduces water usage by 450 billion gallons – a greater amount than the annual usage of 4 million U.S households.

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5G's Environmental Impact in France: Arcep Report

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January 14, 2022 – French regulator Arcep has released an environmental impact study showing that 5G deployments will lead to lower power usage over time – enabling France to achieve energy efficiency gains from 2023 onward. The country's spectrum agency, ANFR, meanwhile, has said the number of authorized 5G sites increased 2.2% from November to December 2021, and that they almost all utilized existing 2G, 3G or 4G sites. French mobile operators currently provide 5G with 700 MHz, 2.1 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands.

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