Canada’s low-band 600 MHz spectrum auction took place between March 12-April 4. Participants bid for 54 rounds and spent a total of $3.47B. Rogers acquired the most licenses at 52, Telus acquired 12, and Bell opted to acquire none. Xplornet purchased several East Coast licenses, while Iristel purchased spectrum that will extend its wireless services to Newfoundland. The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) set-aside 43% of spectrum for new and regional players.
Federal Budget 2019 introduced a $1.7B Universal Broadband Fund to help deploy high-speed “backbone” to underserved communities. The budget also proposed a $1B broadband investment through Canada Infrastructure Bank. $117M was earmarked to help prepare Canada’s next-generation wireless networks. With private sector support, the government expects $5-6B will be invested in Canadian connectivity projects over the next 10 years.
5G Wireless Could Add $40 Billion in Annual GDP and 250,000 Permanent New Jobs to Canadian Economy by 2026, Accenture Report Finds
Commissioned by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association and developed by Accenture Strategy, the report, “Fuel for Innovation – Canada’s Path In The Race To 5G,” found that the deployment of 5G networks across Canada will lead to the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs.
Yesterday’s announcement of a $400 million 5G wireless test corridor running between the provinces of Quebec and Ontario is great news for Canada as we move toward the next revolution in wireless network technology and services.
The 5G Canada Council recently concluded its 5G Canada 2018 conference in Ottawa. Guests at the event shared a variety of insights on the potential revolution that the next generation of wireless networks, 5G networks, could bring to Canada.
The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) is thrilled to announce the launch of the 5G Canada Council (5GCC), the opening of 5GCC memberships beyond CWTA Members, and a formal kick-off event in the New Year.