Completed at Bell’s Wireless Innovation Centre in Mississauga, Bell and Nokia achieved data speeds that are over six times faster than currently available 4G speeds in Canada.
“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.”
Bell and Nokia estimate that it will be another five to seven years before 5G becomes mainstream. Until then, partnerships will be made to ensure that the technology is flawless upon its release.
“Bell is working closely with Nokia and our other partners in North America and worldwide to create the network, device and application ecosystem required to ensure Canadians will be able take full advantage of the 5G opportunity,” said Stephen Howe, Bell’s Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President.
The successful trial is a huge first step. 5G will bring new opportunities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications like connected vehicles and city wide IoT solutions.
“Canada’s ability to compete in a digital world will be defined by our culture of innovation,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “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.”
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