Rogers Communication has announced that it is starting to roll out Canada’s first 5G standalone (SA) core network, in partnership with Ericsson, initially to serve Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, aiming to support future devices and chipsets as they become available. 5G SA – built on Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core – will enable ultra-low latency and support future capabilities that will provide industries and businesses with dedicated networks through network slicing, and support critical applications by bringing computing power incredibly close to the end user through mobile edge computing, Rogers’ press release declared. CTO Jorge Fernandes added: ‘Considered the brain of the network, our 5G SA core propels us forward on our path to bring the full potential of 5G to Canadians. From ultra-low latency to advanced services like network slicing, standalone 5G will support applications and technologies that will have a profound impact on our economy and society.’
Rogers also announced it has expanded its 5G non-standalone (NSA) network to 26 new cities and towns in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec, now reaching 160 communities across the country.