Canadian 5G Networks Expand into Manitoba Cities

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November 21, 2020 – Manitobans can now access 5G service from Canada’s largest telecom providers. On November 20, Rogers announced its network was available in parts of Winnipeg and Brandon. TELUS announced its launch on November 9. Bell is offering 5G in the same parts of Winnipeg and Brandon as TELUS. A Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association report found 5G network investment will generate up to 250,000 permanent jobs by 2026 and contribute $40B annually to the Canadian economy.

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Government Launches 6 GHz Spectrum Consultation

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November 19, 2020 – At the Canadian Telecom Summit last Thursday, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced a consultation on opening up 6 GHz spectrum to triple the amount of license-exempt spectrum used for Wi-Fi. The proposal aims to facilitate “a common North American Wi-Fi ecosystem,” with the U.S. having implemented similar spectrum policies last spring. Minister Bains said the additional bandwidth will support rural connectivity by giving "more resources" to rural Internet providers. An expanded $1.75M Universal Broadband Fund was announced earlier this month to help connect rural and remote areas.

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Global 5G

Highlighting 5G's Industrial Benefits, Misconceptions

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November 23, 2020 – The ubiquitous connectivity, low latency and high capacity characteristics of 5G promise to make manufacturing systems more responsive, safer and more efficient. To this end, Nokia upgraded the 5G capabilities of its Worldwide Internet of Things Network Grid so carriers can offer 5G IoT services without developing their own networks. Because deploying thousands of IoT devices could overwhelm traditional data centers, though, organizations may need to shift from migrating to the cloud and begin implementing solutions that can better manage and protect vast amounts of data.

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GM Factory is First U.S. Plant to Use 5G Technology

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November 21, 2020 – General Motors’ electric assembly plant, Factory ZERO, will be the first U.S. automotive plant to install a dedicated fixed mobile 5G network. Verizon is supporting the record $2.2B overhaul of the facility so it can produce electronic vehicles in 2021. GM is one of Verizon Business’ first enterprise customers to use 5G Ultra Wideband service, which will enable thousands of devices to be managed across four million square feet of factory floor, building both the Cruise Origin and GMC Hummer EV.

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Expectations for Telework as a Practical 5G Use Case

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November 19, 2020 – According to Gartner Inc, 88% of companies worldwide encouraged employees to work remotely during COVID-19. While robust 5G connectivity will make virtual collaboration tools more seamless, Ciena surveyed technology decision-makers in Asia Pacific about the practical performance of such applications. 34% said better data analytics and real-time data transfers would benefit the most from 5G. 91% said the availability of 5G infrastructure would be their main consideration in 5G adoption.

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A Year of Network Growth in Only Weeks of COVID-19

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November 17, 2020 – Global IP networks handled "a year’s traffic growth" in just a few weeks of COVID-19. This was the conclusion of a Nokia Deepfield report on North American, Latin American and European service providers based on data from February to September 2020. It found a 30-35% increase in upstream bandwidth was due to cloud collaboration and videoconferencing. “We saw traffic peaks grow anywhere from 60-80% in some networks, with some providers growing 45% in one week,” said Deepfield CTO, Craig Labovitz. Most networks are designed to handle growth of up to 40% a year.

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5G Consumer Market to Reach $31 Trillion by 2030

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November 17, 2020 – An Ericsson ConsumerLab report predicts the global 5G consumer market could reach $31 trillion by 2030. 40% of this revenue will come from consumer spending on enhanced video, VR, AR and 5G cloud gaming. The report also found that communications service providers could earn $131 billion from digital services by promoting 5G use cases. Despite the impact of COVID-19 on consumers’ finances, one third of early adopters said they were willing to pay a 20% premium for 5G features. Such high levels of take-up could help to drive a global economic recovery, Ericsson said.

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