ENCQOR 5G (Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Québec and Ontario for Research and Innovation) industry partnership announced that Canada’s first publicly accessible 5G mmWave service is now live at Invest Ottawa, and will be rolled out to the other ENCQOR 5G sites in Quebec and Ontario in the coming weeks.

The ENCQOR 5G initiative is funded by the governments of Canada, Quebec and Ontario as well as leading industry players Ericsson, Ciena, Thales, CGI and IBM. ENCQOR 5G is coordinated by Innovation ENCQOR, and delivered in Ontario by Ontario Centers of Excellence and in Quebec by Innovation ENCQOR, CEFRIO and Prompt. The program has a mandate to bring together SMEs and academia to contribute to the advancement of research, innovation and demonstration of applications through a pre-commercial 5G test bed.

Enabled by 5G Non-Standalone NR radio access network and mobile core services provided by Ericsson and a wide-area network enabled by Ciena’s coherent optic solutions, the ENCQOR 5G wireless network is capable of mobile throughputs of up to 1.9 Gbps- enough bandwidth to support 90 4k video streams. These blazing fast mobile throughputs, coupled with significantly reduced latencies, will enable a breadth of new enhanced mobile broadband services to be envisioned, developed and tested through the ENCQOR 5G Program.

“Our government is pleased to be a partner in providing opportunities for companies to develop technological advances to improve mobile broadband function and access,” said Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli in the press release. “We are committed to a five-year, $315 million plan to expand broadband and cellular service across Ontario.”

For more information see the press release https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/encqor-5g-launches-first-public-mmwave-service-in-canada-802264041.html and ENCQOR website

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Marin Ivezic is a Cybersecurity & Privacy Partner in PwC Canada focused on risks of emerging technologies. He leads PwC’s global 5G cybersecurity efforts as well as industrial, IoT and critical infrastructure cybersecurity services in the region. All these focus areas are being transformed with the emergence of 5G, massive IoT (mIoT) and critical IoT (cIoT). Marin worked with critical infrastructure protection organizations in a dozen countries, 20+ of the top 100 telecom companies, and a number of technology companies on understanding the geopolitics of 5G; uncovering as-yet-unknown security and privacy risks of 5G, AI and IoT; and defining novel security and privacy approaches to address emerging technology risks.

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