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Canada raises $7.2 billion in auction of 3.5 GHz frequencies for 5G

The government of Canada raised a total of CAD8.9 billion ($7.2 billion) in its auction of 3.5 GHz spectrum, which will be used by local carrier to further expand 5G services in the country. The spectrum auction, initially set to take place in June 2020...

Canada kicks off tender to award 5G spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band

The Canadian government kicked off on June 15 an auction of 5G frequencies, a process that had been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The tender will award licenses to operate spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band. The spectrum auction, initially scheduled for June 2020,...

Telus to deploy 5G in 529 new Canadian communities by end-2021

Canadian telecoms operator Telus announced plans to expand its next-generation 5G network to an additional 529 new urban and rural communities across the country by the end of the year. The 5G expansion plan includes deployments in 187 communities in British Columbia, 161 in Quebec,...

Canada’s Rogers Communications expands 5G to Manitoba

Canadian operator Rogers Communications today announced that it has turned on its 5G service in Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba. Including these communities, Rogers' 5G network now reaches a total of 134 cities and towns across Canada. “The arrival of 5G in Manitoba will change the way...

Rogers’s 5G network reaches 130 towns and cities in Canada

  Canadian operator Rogers Communications has expanded its 5G network to reach 130 towns and cities across the country, the carrier said in a release. In January 2020, Rogers Communications had initially launched 5G in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Other large cities covered with 5G technology...

Bell Canada to launch 5G in 28 additional markets this year: CEO

  Canadian telecommunications operator Bell expects to expand its current 5G network to 28 additional markets this year, Mirko Bibic, president and CEO of Bell Canada, said during a conference call with investors. Bell had announced the launch of its commercial 5G service in the country...

Telus selects Samsung Electronics for 5G network deployment

  Canadian telecoms operator Telus has selected Samsung Electronics as its 5G network infrastructure supplier, the latter said in a release. Samsung has signed four new 5G contracts in the last seven months, including operators in Canada, U.S. and New Zealand. “We are pleased to select Samsung as...

Bell Canada launches 5G services in five cities

  Canadian telecommunications operator Bell announced the launch of its commercial 5G service in the country. In a release, the carrier said that the 5G service is already available in Montréal, the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Bell also said its initial 5G service will...

Canada postpones 3.5GHz spectrum auction due to COVID-19

  The government of Canada has announced a six-month postponement of its 3.5 GHz spectrum auction process, to allow the telecommunications industry to maintain its focus on providing essential services to Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government confirmed that the auction is now scheduled to...

Telus selects Ericsson, Nokia to deploy its 5G network

Canadian operators move away from Huawei Canadian operator Telus announced it has selected European vendors Ericsson and Nokia to support the deployment of its 5G network after the firm had suggested that it would use Huawei equipment earlier this year. Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of...

Google Cloud jumps into 5G and telco edge computing with a ‘GMEC’ vision

Google Cloud's vision for 5G and edge computing is called GMEC (because of course it is) Google Cloud is seeking to be the avenue by which telecom companies both transform their own network capabilities and enable enterprises to do the same, with a combination of...

Telus to launch 5G network with Huawei by end-2020: Report

  Canadian mobile operator Telus will launch a 5G network in Canada later this year using equipment from Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies, Telus’ CFO Doug French said in an interview with the Financial Post. “We’re going to launch 5G with Huawei out of the gate,” the...

Regulators make first cross-border STIR-SHAKEN call to ‘digitally fingerprint’ robocalls

As a bipartisan bill to combat robocalls head to President Donald Trump's desk, the Federal Communications Commission and the Canadian Radiotelevision and Telecommunications Commission continue to pursue broader deployment of a standards-based call authentication framework designed to help better identify -- and hopefully, reduce...

Telus, MobiledgeX to trial edge computing

Canadian carrier Telus and Deutsche Telekom-backed edge computing company MobiledgeX are working together on a mobile edge computing trial network in Canada. This will be the first Canadian deployment for MobiledgeX. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO at Telus, said that partnering with MobiledgeX to pilot its...

Rogers CTO says 600 MHz spectrum will be key to launch 5G

Canadian carrier Rogers Communications said its spectrum in the 600 MHz band will allow the firm to provide 5G technology in a wide area coverage without a huge cost, the company’s CTO Jorge Fernandes said during a conference call with investors. “So for us,...

The Canadian 600 MHz spectrum auction by the numbers (Analyst Angle)

On April 10, 2019, Canada’s ISED announced the 600 MHz provisional auction results.  This was two years after the FCC announced the results for the US broadcast incentive auction which yielded $19.8 billion in gross revenue for 70 megahertz of valuable “low-band” spectrum to...

Telus to launch process to select 5G vendor later this year: CEO

  The executive said that commercial 5G services in Canada will not be launched before the second half of 2020 Canadian carrier Telus expects to launch a request for proposal (RFP) to select its 5G vendor later this year, the company’s president and CEO Darren Entwistle,...

Americans and Canadians both want 5G, but policy is lagging (Reader Forum)

Most often, we read of differences between the United States and Canada, but in one area, the people of both nations agree: neither country can get enough of mobile wireless services. Consumers devour more mobile wireless data each year, and mobile operators beg the...

Telus reaches download speeds of 28 Gbps in 5G trials: CEO

  Telus said it will look for revenue opportunities in the internet of things space Canadian carrier Telus said it has reached download speeds of 28 Gbps in its 5G trials, the company’s CEO Darren Entwistle said during a conference call with investors. “We’ll be using 5G...

Canada confirms initial 5G spectrum auction will take place in 2020

The government also aims to award millimeter-wave spectrum in 2021 The government of Canada confirmed plans to auction key wireless spectrum for the provision of 5G service in 2020. "We believe this puts us in a relatively strong position relative to our international peers," Canadian press...

Huawei, Telus launch 5G fixed wireless trial in Canada

Huawei said the field trial has reached download speeds of more than 2 Gbps Huawei and Canadian telco Telus have launched 5G wireless-to-the-home (WttH) trial service using a specially-designed 5G customer premise equipment (CPE) unit. The vendor said the trial is taking place in downtown Vancouver’s...

Telus and Nuage Networks launch new SD-WAN platform

Telus and Nuage Networks form camaraderie with new SD-WAN Telus, a Canadian telecommunications company, announced it is teaming up with Nuage Networks, a Nokia venture, to initiate Telus Network as a Service (NaaS), software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) platform. SD-WAN is an emerging network architecture that...

Huawei, Telus test fixed wireless 5G at 28 GHz

Although the 3GPP is still working on specifications related to 5G technology, millimeter wave transmission has emerged as a core tenet given the high-capacity capabilities of the high-band spectrum. In Canada, carrier Telus is working with Huawei on 5G development, last year announcing a...

Sprint in deal with Movius to offer cloud-based second number for enterprise

The partnership with Movius is set to support plans for Sprint to offer a cloud-based second line for enterprise customers beginning this year. Sprint continued its push into the lucrative enterprise market scoring a deal with Movius to offer a cloud-based second...

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