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Talk about a growth spurt.

At the be­gin­ning of the year, Rogers started rolling out Canada’s first 5G net­work in down­town Mon­treal, Ot­tawa, Toronto and Van­cou­ver. To­day, the coun­try’s largest 5G net­work, with 10 times more cov­er­age than any other car­rier, has ex­panded to 130 com­mu­ni­ties across Canada, from Fred­er­ic­ton to Trois-rivières, from Regina to Vic­to­ria.*

“Now more than ever, we all un­der­stand what con­nec­tiv­ity means to Cana­di­ans,” said Joe Natale, pres­i­dent and CEO, Rogers Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. “Strong dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture and in­vest­ments in 5G are crit­i­cal to fuel pro­duc­tiv­ity and in­no­va­tion across this coun­try both in the com­ing months, and in the longer term as we re­set the com­pet­i­tive land­scape for Canada, glob­ally.”

The ar­rival of the next gen­er­a­tion of wire­less tech­nol­ogy in Canada comes 35 years af­ter the first wire­less call in our coun­try — on Rogers’ net­work — be­tween the may­ors of Toronto and Mon­treal. That early tech­nol­ogy, called 1G, ush­ered in the era of mo­bile phone calls. Back then, cel­lu­lar phones, weigh­ing about two pounds, were car­ried over your shoul­der and nick­named “the brick.”

Next came 2G and text mes­sag­ing. As cell phones got smaller, they be­came more pow­er­ful. 3G pow­ered email and in­ter­net brows­ing and 4G de­liv­ered faster speeds and the on- de­mand econ­omy. In­no­va­tors could now dream up pre­vi­ously unim­aged new ap­pli­ca­tions.

“We of­ten pay more at­ten­tion to the dig­i­tal ser­vices we use rath

Over time, the tech­nol­ogy will be truly trans­for­ma­tional, for com­mu­ni­ties, busi­ness and en­tire sec­tors.” — JOE NATAL E , pres­i­dent and CEO, Rogers Com­mu­ni­ca­tions

er than the dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture they run on. Uber and Spo­tify are front of mind, not the 4G net­work that en­ables them,” writes the Bos­ton Con­sul­tancy Group’s Cen­tre for Canada’s Fu­ture in a re­cent re­port on fu­ture-proof­ing Canada’s dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture.

Thirty-five years and $30 bil­lion in in­vest­ments in Rogers wire­less net­work later, here we are. Each gen­er­a­tion of wire­less tech­nol­ogy de­liv­ers ca­pa­bil­i­ties that are sig­nif­i­cantly more ad­vanced, and with 5G’s ex­po­nen­tial gains, the sky’s the limit.

“The prom­ise of 5G is that it will help engi­neers and in­no­va­tors dream up things that were never be­fore pos­si­ble,” said Jorge Fer­nan­des, chief tech­nol­ogy and in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, Rogers Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Cana­dian con­sumers can now­choose froma num­ber of 5G phones.

Ap­ple made a big splash ear­lier this month with the an­nounce­ment of its first 5G iphone, just as Rogers dou­bled the size of its

5G net­work by ex­pand­ing to 66 new towns and cities, in­clud­ing Squamish, Cam­rose, Lloy­d­min­ster, Corn­wall and many more to reach 130 com­mu­ni­ties.

Other 5G phones in­clude the Google Pixel 5, Google Pixel 4a (5G), Sam­sung Galaxy S20 5G se­ries and Galaxy Note20 5G se­ries, Sam­sung Galaxy Z Flip, LG Vel­vet 5G and the Mo­torola Edge+.

This next gen­er­a­tion tech­nol­ogy will pro­foundly al­ter the way we work, live and play. Bil­lions of near-in­stan­ta­neous con­nec­tions will en­able smart com­mu­ni­ties, bet­ter traf­fic man­age­ment, more sus­tain­able agribusi­ness and re­mote health­care.

“Over time, the tech­nol­ogy will be truly trans­for­ma­tional, for com­mu­ni­ties, busi­ness and en­tire sec­tors,” said Natale.

Gamers will ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of 5G with faster speeds, more ca­pac­ity and quicker re­sponse times, no waits and seam­less mul­ti­player ex­pe­ri­ence.

In health­care it can re­duce un­equal ac­cess by al­low­ing doc­tors to mon­i­tor pa­tients in re­mote ar­eas

in real-time, pro­vid­ing treat­ment and care, or even per­form­ing re­mote surgery with 5G-en­abled ro­bot­ics.

City traf­fic sys­tems can be op­ti­mized to re­duce long waits due to con­ges­tion and pri­or­i­tize emer­gency ve­hi­cles so they can get to in­ci­dents sooner.

In fac­to­ries, a con­stant flow of in­for­ma­tion can au­to­mate and en­hance pro­duc­tion, tracking in­ven­tory and keep­ing real-time data on main­te­nance, while also re­duc­ing safety risks.

5G of­fers an ar­ray of other ben­e­fits, from eco­nomic to so­cial.

It will help lessen green­house gas emis­sions, ac­cord­ing to an Ac­cen­ture study, by dra­mat­i­cally in­creas­ing the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of Canada’s wire­less net­works and en­abling in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies that will re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion and car­bon emis­sions in in­dus­tries like trans­porta­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing, min­ing, and forestry.

On the eco­nomic front, an Ac

cen­ture Strat­egy re­port found that wire­less in­dus­try in­vest­ments in 5G net­works are ex­pected to con­trib­ute an es­ti­mated $40 bil­lion an­nu­ally to the coun­try’s econ­omy and 250,000 per­ma­nent new jobs by 2026.

Canada is al­ready an early leader in 5G. A May Opensignal re­port found that the over­all down­load speed ex­pe­ri­ence of Canada’s 5G users ex­ceeds all but one coun­try and is al­most three times that of the United States.

“With some of the best net­works in the world that have been fu­eled by bil­lions of dol­lars of gen­er­a­tional in­vest­ments, Canada must seize the op­por­tu­nity to lead,” said Natale.

“A timely roll­out of 5G will fos­ter sub­stan­tial eco­nomic growth and job cre­ation,” he noted. “That will stim­u­late in­no­va­tion, gen­er­ate jobs and cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment that will help the coun­try’s fu­ture.”

*Largest based on to­tal square kilo­me­ters of Rogers 5G cov­er­age com­pared to pub­lished cov­er­age of other na­tional net­works.


The fu­ture is now — the ar­rival and ex­pan­sion of 5G net­works opens lim­it­less pos­si­bil­i­ties for Cana­di­ans.

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