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Join CWTA and the 5G Canada Council for 5G Canada 2019, Canada's leading event to get the latest information from industry experts on the introduction of 5G wireless networks both domestically and around the world! This full-day event will include discussions on the current status of 5G, its future impact for Canadians, specific use cases, and the operation of the technology behind 5G.
  • Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
  • Location: National Arts Centre Ottawa (O’Born Room)
  • Schedule: Registration - 8:30am; Conference - 9:00am to 4:30pm
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CRTC Seeks 5G Infrastructure Authority, Expects 50Mbps Broadband for 90% of Canadians by 2021

October 30, 2018 – In Senate consultations on modernizing the Telecommunications Act, CRTC chair Ian Scott said that 90% of Canadians will have access to 50Mbps broadband speeds by 2021. Eligibility for the $750M CRTC broadband fund is conditional on providing speeds of 25Mbps or higher. Scott also sought jurisdiction over placement of 5G equipment, such as the buildings and lampposts that small cells are installed on. To address disagreements between operators and different levels of government, Scott asked for legislative authority to resolve disputes involving passive infrastructure.

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ISED Issues RFP for 27.529.5GHz mmWave Test Bed

October 23, 2018 – Following a consultation on 5G deployment last year, ISED is requesting proposals to launch a test bed for 27.5-29.5GHz millimetre wave spectrum. The Communications Research Centre, ISED's R&D agency, seeks a platform for testing the mobile urban environment. The platform will:
  • analyze data in over-the-air transmissions
  • test and demonstrate 5G communications
  • measure radio channels in challenging locations ("channel sounding")
ISED's request for proposals was published on October 22. The winner will have three years to complete its mmWave tests, with the option of also testing 37-40GHz frequencies. (Courtesy of The Wire.)

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ENCQOR Announces Board Members for 5G Initiative

October 22, 2018 – Innovation ENCQOR has announced the members of its Board of Directors and the appointment of Germain Lamonde as its Chairman. Lamonde is the Founder and Executive Chairman of EXFO Inc. The ENCQOR 5G initiative is a $400-million partnership funded by Ericsson, Ciena, Thales, IBM and CGI, as well as the governments of Canada, Québec and Ontario. It will foster innovation and collaboration on 5G applications with up to one thousand Québec and Ontario companies, in addition to Canadian universities.

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UK Operator Plans 2019 5G Launch, Invests £2 Billion

November 7, 2018 – Three UK has committed to investing over £2 billion in 5G, with plans to launch services in 2019 that will be faster, more reliable, and capable of meeting customer demand for data. Although its competitors EE and BT are both set to launch 5G in 2019, Three previously said it would not begin equipment trials until early 2019. A portion of the provider’s £2B investment has already been spent on connecting 20 new data centres to a high-capacity dark fibre network and deploying an integrated cloud native core network, among other 5G network preparations.

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First 5G iPhone Could Be Released by 2020: Report

November 2, 2018 – Fast Company has reported that the first 5G iPhone could be released by 2020. The FCC gave Apple approval to conduct 5G experiments last year. The report also stated that a 5G iPhone could use Intel's 8161 5G modem chip. In 2018, Apple included Intel modems in its phones, but may not use them for Bluetooth or Wi-Fi chips in 2020. The report additionally stated that MediaTek has been discussed as an alternative supplier, if technical issues with Intel equipment cannot be resolved.

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AT&T Reveals Details on First Commercial 5G Device

October 29, 2018 – AT&T says the Netgear Nighthawk mobile hotspot (nicknamed "puck") will be its first commercial 5G device. The device was revealed during mmWave 5G browsing tests in Texas this October. The Nighthawk uses a Qualcomm X50 modem and supports 3GPP's New Radio (NR) standard. AT&T has performed tests on 28GHz mmWave spectrum, and is seeking further permission to test 39GHz. It claims it will be first U.S. operator to deliver mobile 5G, reaching 12 cities this year and 19 cities by early 2019.

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GlobalData Examines FWA as an Early 5G Use Case

October 23, 2018 – GlobalData’s latest report on 5G fixed wireless indicates that FWA can enable higher bandwidth at lower costs, provided that sufficient scale is reached. Despite operator interest in using millimetre wave to serve rural areas, though, due to its high capacity and throughput potential, the report also observes that mmWave can be subject to signal retention and limited propagation issues.

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