Mobile 5G wireless technology is up to 100 times faster than the 4G system, promising better internet on smartphones well as potential applications for self-driving cars and other new technology.
New networks probably won't to be ready for ‘prime time’ until about 2020
U.S. telecom competitors are battling for the bragging rights of hitting the market first, even though there's still no indication that 5G-compatible smartphones will be available before 2019.
Ciena, Ericsson, Thales, IBM and CGI will spend $200 million over the next five years on research in an Ontario-Quebec corridor focused on developing 5G technology.
Announcement comes the same day Ottawa MP Catherine McKenna kicks off the federal government’s Smart Cities Challenge, a $75-million nationwide competition.
Next-gen networks will revolutionize global communications, and Ottawa leaders believe local companies are primed to take advantage
The province’s funding will go towards the CENGN Cloud Expansion Project, an endeavour to connect 18 innovation centres across Ontario.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson put innovation high on his list of priorities during his State of the City address on Wednesday.