The Next Generation Network Program (NGNP) fosters industry collaboration, provides access to ultra-high-speed network connectivity, and supports innovation in information and communications technology (ICT) for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within Ontario.
The $63-million Government of Ontario program is offered through a partnership between CENGN and the Ontario Centres of Innovation (OCI). Including matching industry and partner contributions, this program represents a five-year investment of more than $115 million.
The NGNP connects CENGN’s digital infrastructure to innovation hubs across Ontario, allowing SMEs, start-ups and researchers unprecedented access to a state-of-the-art, multi-vendor, open-platform testbed and services to validate innovative products and solutions. This enables the NGNP to assist over 150 Ontario businesses in commercializing their solutions on a global scale.
Beyond testing and validation, the NGNP supports the growth of Ontario talent in Next Generation Networking technologies by enabling certified training opportunities and skills development.
The program establishes a digital backbone for Ontario’s innovation-driven economy that promotes future growth, creates high-quality jobs, and enhances the province’s global competitiveness.
With the NGNP, SMEs across Ontario will have access to the CENGN Testbed, connecting them to state-of-the-art equipment and network services, to test and validate their solutions. SMEs, multinational enterprises (MNEs), government, and academia will be able to leverage the CENGN testbed to collaborate on commercializing ideas.
CENGN provides industry training through certified workshops and open-source technology networking and learning events on topics such as Software-defined networking (SDN), Network functions virtualization (NFV), OpenStack, OpenDaylight, management and orchestration. CENGN also offers hands-on learning and professional development opportunities for students in the ICT sector.
CENGN funds innovative projects across Northern and Rural Ontario to provide solutions that improve connectivity and close the digital divide between remote communities and urban centres in Canada. The CENGN Residential Broadband Program offers flexible, lower-cost, higher-performance broadband access to residences within Rural Ontario communities.
The CENGN testbed is a crucial resource for the testing and development of products and services in the smart agriculture and smart mining industries. Smart agriculture involves data-driven planting and harvesting and the use of smart technologies such as real-time weather data, crop maturity, and soil and air quality data to reduce costs and optimize output. Smart mining technologies focus on optimal production to minimize waste, control costs, enhance safety, and reduce environmental impact.