CENGN Discusses Canada’s Place in 5G Innovation at the 5G Canada Conference

CENGN had the opportunity to participate in the 5G Canada Conference hosted at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa Wednesday morning. Tech savvy individuals from across the country joined together to discuss 5G and its current status, what advancements in 5G mean for Canada, the innovation it will enable, and the challenges and opportunities presented by technology required to make 5G a reality. Attendees were not disappointed, leaving the event with knowledge on Canada’s place as a global tech competitor in delivering 5G services, and with information on the network and technology behind transitioning from 4G to 5G.

CENGN Discusses Canada's Place in 5G Innovation at the 5G Canada Conference
It was a full house at this year’s 5G Canada Conference!

The event was hosted by the 5G Canada Council (5GCC) which is mandated and governed by the Canadian Wireless and Telecommunications Association (CWTA). 5GCC’s mission is to support a dynamic 5G ecosystem in Canada by encouraging participation from individuals, governments, and independent organizations towards the planning, implementation, and development of 5G networks. 5GCC’s emphasis on advocacy, research, and cross-sector collaboration are pivotal to building a strong 5G ecosystem and identifying challenges and opportunities related to the introduction and development of 5G technologies. This focus will lead to new advancements that will have a global impact on the future of technology and interaction.

Bringing in a New Era with 5G

5G brings to the table the same fundamental features as its predecessors, with four major upgrades: larger bandwidth, decreased latency times, energy efficiency, and greater network capacity. It is software driven, wireless technology that is upgradable and built to last with both micro- and macro- cells. This new and improved change in technology will be crucial in supporting the current rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT).

CENGN Discusses Canada's Place in 5G Innovation at the 5G Canada Conference
Company President and CEO, JC Fahmy, moderating the panel discussion!

Canada’s oncoming 5G revolution was the topic of focus during CENGN’s morning panel discussion at the 5G Canada Conference. Our President and CEO, JC Fahmy, led the session as moderator of three service provider representatives from two member companies Bell and Rogers, as well as Freedom Mobile. The topics covered by JC and the panel lead to some riveting key takeaways for attendees:

CENGN Discusses Canada's Place in 5G Innovation at the 5G Canada Conference
CWTA President, Robert Ghiz, speaking at this year’s conference!

These takeaways are especially important to CENGN as we work towards our mission of accelerating the growth of the Canadian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, and using our commercial-grade infrastructure, services and expertise to help our country’s small and medium businesses scale up.

As leaders in networking, we prioritize staying up to speed on cutting-edge technology through attending and participating in these types of events. CENGN recognizes the importance of staying knowledgeable on the industry’s latest advancements to support commercialization efforts, as well as sharing our perspectives on the industry. ICT advancements like 5G are driving global networks, and taking part in the expert discussions on the strategies and opportunities presented by disruptive tech is critical to setting Canada on the right track to successfully prepare for and leverage the future.

Thank you to 5GCC for giving us the opportunity to be involved in such a successful event! We are looking forward to next year.

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CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, drives technology innovation and industry growth through our testbed, technical expertise, talent development, and partner ecosystem. Through our projects, CENGN enables small and medium Canadian Enterprises to test and validate promising technologies, removing barriers to product commercialization and accelerating market growth.

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