Canada’s Rogers Communications has announced a three-year partnership with Communitech including the launch of a 5G innovation lab in September to ‘advance made-in-Canada 5G technology and commercialise 5G use cases’. The lab aims to accelerate and launch smart city, IoT and enterprise 5G applications. Jorge Fernandes, CTO at Rogers, said: ‘Our partnership with Communitech is part of our work to bring together experts from universities, businesses, start-ups and government so our country can lead in the digital economy. This new lab will help bridge the gap between concept and testing to commercialisation and market launch for Canadian applications.’ Located in Waterloo, North America’s second largest technology cluster, Communitech is a public-private hub that supports over 1,400 companies.
Last year, Rogers announced a multi-year partnership with the University of British Columbia to build a real-world 5G hub on the university’s campus. The operator also announced a national infrastructure agreement with Ericsson to boost and densify its fibre-powered network with 5G-ready technology. Rogers is preparing for 5G commercial deployment in 2020, having recently completed 5G test calls in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.