Canada’s Shaw Communications yesterday announced the completion of its first 5G technical trials, conducted in Calgary in collaboration with Nokia, CableLabs and Rohde & Schwarz. Cable operator Shaw (owner of Freedom Mobile) reported that the trials used 28GHz mmWave and 3.5GHz spectrum, and CTO/COO Zoran Stakic added: ‘5G is set to completely transform the industry with faster wireless speeds that will help usher in the next industrial revolution and enable future technologies that we can only dream of today. We are pleased that our first trials have been a resounding success, and through our partnerships with best-in-class industry leaders we will work to better understand 5G’s strengths and capabilities while continuing to invest in our network to offer Canadians a new era of strong and sustainable competition for the next generation of wireless technologies.’
The 5G trials were conducted using pre-commercial equipment at Shaw’s Barlow Campus Technology Centre, and leveraged developmental 28GHz licences provided by Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED). As part of this trial, Shaw also conducted comparative testing between 28GHz and 3.5GHz spectrum to better understand the interoperability between two of the bands considered vital to the growth and proliferation of 5G.