Canadian telecommunications provider Rogers has started rolling out Canada’s first 5G network in Toronto, downtown Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa, expanding to more than 20 markets by the end of 2020.
The network will initially use 2.5 GHz spectrum, with plans to move to 600 MHz 5G spectrum – better to carry wireless data across long distances and through urban buildings – later in the year. The firm is also aiming to deploy 3.5 GHz spectrum and dynamic spectrum sharing, which will let 4G spectrum be used for 5G.
“5G will not only power businesses, it will fuel entire industries and drive Canada’s digital future,” said Joe Natale, Rogers president and CEO. “We are making the right investments, building the right partnerships and deploying the right technology to bring Canadians the very best of 5G.”
In September Rogers, along with two other Canadian operators, Bell Canada and Telus signed an agreement with AT&T on the development of IoT. The agreement enabled AT&T customers to roam on these Canadian carriers’ national LTE-M networks in Canada; and on the other hand, the Bell, Rogers, and Telus’ customers are now able to roam on AT&T’s LTE-M network in the US.
IDC’s latest worldwide market study has forecasted the number of 5G connections to increase from approximately 10 million in 2019 to 1.01 billion in 2023, a CAGR of 217.2% over the 2019-2023 forecast period. IDC also expects that by 2023, 5G will represent 8.9% of all mobile communications device connections. Jason Leigh, research manager at IDC said: “While there is a lot to be excited about with 5G, and there are impressive early success stories to fuel that enthusiasm, the road to realising the full potential of 5G beyond enhanced mobile broadband is a longer-term endeavour, with a great deal of work yet to be done on standards, regulations, and spectrum allocations.”
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