Bell and Nokia Have Completed the First Canadian Trial of 5G Mobile Technology
Last Friday, Bell announced that it successfully demonstrated Fifth Generation (5G) mobile technology in collaboration with Nokia.
Conducted at Bell’s Wireless Innovation Centre in Mississauga, the trial leveraged spectrum in the 73 GHz range to achieve sustained data speeds more than 6 times faster than top 4G mobile speeds now available in Canada.
Expected to be widely available within the next 5 to 7 years, 5G will provide significantly faster data speeds than current 4G networks and more capacity to meet the demands of mobile customers for broadcast video and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, including connected vehicles and city-wide IoT solutions.
“We are excited to demonstrate a pre-commercial 5G system with Bell, which represents the first in Canada,” said Alex Giosa, Country Senior Officer, Canada, at Nokia.
“We have had a long and productive history with Bell, and look forward to our continued joint work and testing to discover what 5G technology can offer Bell’s Canadian subscribers.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development also commented on the event:
“Canada’s ability to compete in a digital world will be defined by our culture of innovation,” he said. “This successful trial of next-generation 5G here in Canada is one example of how our country can become a global centre of innovation by being early adopters of emerging technologies.”
Bell is currently a member of the Next Generation Mobile Networks consortium (ngmn.org), the global body defining requirements for the international 5G ecosystem.
The company leads Canadian communications providers in R&D investment and operates wireless innovation centres in Dorval, Québec; Mississauga; and Toronto. Offering Canadians access to the largest 4G wireless coverage footprint in the country, Bell’s LTE network has been acknowledged as Canada’s fastest by multiple independent analysts.