Rogers Expanding 5G to More Than 50 Communities

September 3, 2020 – While Rogers initially said its 5G network would cover 20 markets other than Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver this year, it is now expected to cover over 60 cities and towns before the end of 2020. Network roll out began last January, before COVID-19, but the pandemic has not prevented Rogers from exceeding its initial deployment plans. “Strong digital infrastructure and investments in 5G are critical to fuel productivity and innovation across this country now, as we power out of COVID-19,” said President and CEO, Joe Natale.

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Waterloo to Be One of Canada's First 5G Campuses

September 1, 2020 – Capitalizing on its leadership in engineering, computing and cooperative education, the University of Waterloo has become one of Canada’s first 5G smart campuses. A multimillion-dollar Waterloo smart campus partnership is part of Rogers’ plan to promote 5G research throughout the Toronto-Waterloo corridor. "Waterloo’s extensive research expertise will allow us to support Rogers in this initiative and continue to lead the way to an innovative future for Canada,” said Waterloo VP Research and International, Charmaine Dean.

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First Extended-Range 5G Data Call Completed in U.S.

September 17, 2020 – The first extended-range 5G data call over a commercial network has been conducted in the U.S. by Ericsson, Qualcomm and U.S. Cellular using 5G NR millimetre wave. The call covered more than 5 km, with speeds above 100 Mbps, proving that mmWave is not solely an urban or high-density technology. Rather, the companies said mmWave can help to expand rural and suburban broadband services, such as by providing fixed wireless access to schools, hospitals and town halls.

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Macron Defends 5G Roll Out Against Critics in France

September 15, 2020 – France will proceed with a planned 5G deployment at the end of this month, despite criticism from politicians and environmentalists who seek a moratorium on the technology. "We are going to put to rest all false ideas," said French President Emmanuel Macron, who characterized opponents of 5G as wanting "to go back to the oil lamp." Macron added that €7 billion of France’s economic recovery plan will be devoted to upgrading the country’s digital sector.

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FCC to Open Up Spectrum in the 3.1 - 4.9 GHz Range

September 14, 2020 – The Federal Communications Commission will auction 3.1-4.9 GHz spectrum for commercial use, following its Citizens Broadband Radio Service auction last summer. The first range of spectrum (3.3-3.5 GHz) will primarily be of interest to wireless service providers for building 5G capacity. The second range (3.45-3.55 GHz) will be opened up for further flexible-use licensing. Parts of the 4.9 GHz band – currently dedicated to public safety – are eventually likely to be reassigned for utilities and commercial uses. 3.7 GHz 'C Band' spectrum will be auctioned starting on December 8.

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How 5G Can Revolutionize the Construction Industry

September 14, 2020 – 5G will have a major impact on the construction industry, where 5G networks can be used to program autonomous vehicles as they navigate large construction sites. Inside, 5G can synced up with utilities to install controls for lighting, cameras, temperature and other sensors critical to energy-efficient buildings. “It gives an order of speed that 4G can’t touch, so you can deal with drones, autonomous vehicles and cranes,” said Ericsson VP Network Production Solutions, Paul Challoner. Ericsson worked with fellow Swedish company, Volvo, to test remote control systems for construction equipment.

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Taking 5G to Work in Both the Office and the Factory

September 8, 2020 – ConstructConnect recently explored the benefits that 5G throughput and latency can bring to work in both the office and the factory. For teleworkers at the office, they noted that latency is more important than throughput, since it is needed for applications such as videoconferencing and remote-controlling PCs. In an industrial setting, mmWave can enable greater device density – allowing multiple devices or sensors to communicate with human operators in real-time, while broadcasting vast telemetry data.

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