The new site will allow researchers to demonstrate advancements in 5G technologies

Canada’s Communications Research Centre (CRC) and the City of Ottawa have set up a 5G test site at Ottawa City Hall with the aim of allowing technology companies and other collaborators to learn from the CRC’s work and showcase their own innovations.

The new test site at Ottawa City Hall is a collaboration between the Government of Canada and the City of Ottawa. Researchers can demonstrate advancements at the site. The CRC and the City of Ottawa are working together with technology companies and experts to help make Canada a leader in next generation networks, the partners said.

“5G will impact every aspect of society. It will allow billions of devices to connect better and faster. This will lead to new, innovative applications of wireless technologies. The test site will help to advance Canada’s competitive advantage…by giving innovators the ability to use the facility and showcase 5G wireless applications in Ottawa,” Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development, said. “I encourage companies from across Canada and from across the world to come and participate.” 

“The City of Ottawa is proud to partner with the Government of Canada’s Communications Research Centre on the 5G test site at City Hall. Together, we are facilitating innovation, growing our knowledge-based economy and advancing connectivity for future generations. Ottawa’s mayor Jim Watson, said. “As a leader in smart city initiatives, Ottawa is the clear choice for companies looking to develop 5G-enabled innovations.”

Earlier this month, Canadian telecom operator Bell confirmed it is currently conducting further trials of the emerging mobile technology in the 28 GHz and 3.5 GHz ranges. Bell said it was carrying out the trials in partnership with Chinese telecoms equipment provider Huawei.

Bell previously demonstrated 5G capability in the 73 GHz range in collaboration with Nokia last year. The Canadian operator is a member of the Next Generation Mobile Networks consortium, a global body defining requirements for the international 5G ecosystem.

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