Major telecommunications players in Canada are now taking their first steps towards offering their respective 5G services to Canadian mobile users in the near future. Indeed, Bell, Rogers, and Telus are all joining in to establish operating benchmarks for 5G networks. Bell Canada, the biggest telecoms company in the country, is looking to start testing its 5G network.
As explained by Mark Langton, a spokesperson representing BCE Inc (the parent company of Bell Canada), as one of the industry leaders in the area of broadband, it makes sense for Bell to become the forefront in bring 5G to life in the Canadian market. Langton added that Bell Canada is set to begin 5G trials very, very soon, and is actively participating in developing the 5G specifications as a member of the Next Generation Mobile Networks coalition.
As for Rogers and Telus, the former is also participating in setting the standards along with various industry players, while the latter is joining forces with third parties in order to continue to research and test the evolving benchmarks in a 5G Living Lab located at Telus’ headquarters in the city of Vancouver.
In the absence of established standards, pretty much nobody knows yet what 5G services are actually or how they will be delivered to the masses. Still, telecommunications companies that are based in Canada have more motivation to start working on their future 5G offerings after the Ontario government announced back in March early this year that it has tapped the services and expertise of Chinese mobile giant Huawei in trying to jump start the development process of 5G in the Canadian mobile market.
Moreover, by being active in writing the benchmarks for future 5G services in Canada, telecoms operators (as well as mobile manufacturers) are given the opportunity to provide input in areas such as technological requirements, infrastructure design, network capacity, and even limitations, among many others.
5G networks promise super fast connections that are forty times better than 4G, the existing standard being used right now. According to some tech experts, speed will not be the only defining aspect of 5G, but also reliability, flexibility, and adaptability, in which wireless networks are geared to default to the best signal possible, even smoothly switching between cellular and Wi-Fi networks at will. Lastly, 5G would also have the capability to efficiently carry all sorts of connected gadgets beyond the usual smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, but also connected cars, smart appliances, and other smart objects in the so-called Internet of Things.
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