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Bell and Nokia complete first Canadian trial of 5G


July 29, 2016  


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Bell Canada today announced that it has successfully demonstrated Fifth Generation (5G) mobile technology in collaboration with Nokia. Conducted at Bell’s Wireless Innovation Centre in Mississauga, the trial leveraged spectrum in the 73 GHz range to achieve sustained data speeds more than 6 times faster than top 4G mobile speeds now available in Canada.

Expected to be widely available within the next five to seven years, 5G will provide significantly faster data speeds than current 4G networks and more capacity to meet the demands of mobile customers for broadcast video and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, including connected vehicles and city-wide IoT solutions. Bell is a member of the Next Generation Mobile Networks consortium (ngmn.org), the global body defining requirements for the international 5G ecosystem.

“We are excited to demonstrate a pre-commercial 5G system with Bell, which represents the first in Canada,” said Alex Giosa, country senior officer, Canada, at Nokia.

“Canada’s ability to compete in a digital world will be defined by our culture of innovation,” said Navdeep Bains, federal minister of innovation, science and economic development. “This successful trial of next-generation 5G here in Canada is one example of how our country can become a global centre of innovation by being early adopters of emerging technologies.”