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Kanata North is leading next generation network development Here’s why you should be part of it BY JENNA SUDDS President and executive director, Kanata North Business Association

We know how to start a tech revolution. We’ve done it before, and we’re doing it again. Anyone who knows their telecom history associates Ottawa with a booming age of Canadian telecom, namely the halcyon days of R&D giants like Bell-Northern Research. Riding the wave of their influence, hundreds of tech startups emerged in Ottawa’s Kanata North tech park. Today, it’s home to over 500 companies, including major brands like Huawei, Ericsson, Mitel,

Nokia, Ciena, and Dragonwave. It’s Canada’s largest tech park, and it’s fostering a new age of entrepreneurial spirit and growth. Ottawa’s deep roots in the telecom industry are feeding our radical next-generation network (NGN) initiatives. There’s a new set of challenges facing the industry (5G, here’s lookin’ at you), but we understand them, and that’s what matters. With the wealth of executive expertise, talent and R&D infrastructure in Kanata North, we’re poised to lead the coming transformation. What’s more, there’s an impressive amount of funding coming down the pipe to speed things along. So how will you make sure you and your teams are part of the pack that’s racing to bring about the NGN revolution? Do these govern-

ment funding numbers catch your attention and rally your entrepreneurial ambitions? • $950M in supercluster funding • $300M for smart cities • $63M for the Centre for Excellence in Next-Generation Networks

fit economies by attracting anchor companies from around the world and generating intense growth in highly specialized fields. Kanata North is ripe for supercluster activities. In 2017, a federal funding competition will roll out with a focus on clean technology, advanced manufacturing, digital technology, health/bio-sciencHEARD OF SUPERCLUes, clean resources, agri-food, STERS? and infrastructure and transThey’re part of the action portation. plan. The federal government recently allocated $950M over LET’S LOOK AT 5G five years to superclusters. This is a tremendous oppor5G is at the heart of this tunity for Ottawa and for the race. tech park in particular. Nationwide and globally, Superclusters are dense ar- people are using more and eas of business activity that more devices that connect to contain large and small com- the Internet. Smart phones, panies, post-secondary insti- FitBits, residential devices. tutions, and specialized talent Security. Shipping. Shopping. and infrastructure. They bene- You name it. The Internet of

Things is upon us, and it’s a game changer. That said, our current infrastructure won’t support the growth of these devices for long – not at the high speeds customers demand. Enter 5G, the infrastructure that will enable high-speed connectivity and allow the proliferation of information and communication technologies as we’ve never imagined. Essentially, it will enable more devices than we can collectively envision to connect to the Internet and operate at high speeds. The beauty of 5G is that in addition to enabling commercial products, it creates opportunities for social change. Imagine free, citywide wi-fi and kids learning to code in school. Imagine how that would level the playing field and encourage boundless in-

novation from the ground up. If it’s done right, it’s a chance for everyone to access and contribute to the Internet of Things. So 5G is the beginning. And in Kanata North, we have the skill set and the know-how to push 5G forward and drive intense innovation. THE BIG ROLLOUT

After R&D, the next step is going commercial. It’s a significant area of focus for the federal government because, frankly, it’s one of Canada’s tech weaknesses. Canada excels at R&D, but we don’t commercialize well. And the tech revolution will be a non-starter without commercially viable products rolling out nationwide. See COUNTRY’S, page 53

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