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CENGN talks 5G future at Kanata summit Next-generation networks trialled in remote locations


s tech leaders and telecom enthusiasts remarks. Fahmy alluded to a current gathered in Kanata to explore the project the organization is working on to multibillion-dollar potential of 5G, bring the internet to a remote area that has several speakers challenged delegates to no connectivity, despite being only several tackle inequities in broadband access and kilometres away from a town that enjoys ensure 5G networks unleash opportunities high-speed internet access. for all Canadians, regardless of where they “We hope to do several of these projects live. so we can create a blueprint that says, ‘In Excitement over the new networks these types of situations, here are some of stem from the promise of fast connectivity the solutions that work,’” he said. speeds and low latency, which will enable Robert Ghiz, the president and companies to explore new industries CEO of the Canadian Wireless such as autonomous vehicles. Speakers Telecommunications Association, and at the 2019 CENGN summit – an Tejas Roa, the managing director and annual conference hosted by the Kanataglobal 5G lead at Accenture, echoed based telecom consortium – spoke Fahmy’s remarks during their presentation enthusiastically about the opportunities on the benefits of 5G in Canada, stating that will be created by 5G, but also that all Canadians should be able to explored the challenge of providing equal experience the future of connectivity. access to these next-generation networks. The two telecom executives shared CENGN chief executive Jean-Charles the results of a study they commissioned Fahmy touched on the immediate need to that explored the positive impact on better Kanata connect rural areas in his opening Publication.qxp_Layout 1 2019-12-16 employment 8:22 AM Pageand 1 GDP that’s expected to


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CENGN chief executive Jean-Charles Fahmy. be sparked by connected cities and rural high-speed access. “5G could bring as many as 250,000 new jobs and add $40 billion to the country’s GDP. There are unimaginable opportunities,” Ghiz told the audience, adding that Canada is in a great position to adopt 5G as it already has access to some of the fastest LTE internet service in the world. Fahmy also spoke extensively about CENGN’s partnership with a Sudbury

mining company to experiment with smart mines. The team will be installing a testbed – with cellular and Wi-Fi infrastructure inside the mine to prove they are still functional in extreme conditions. “We’re in the process now of deploying that infrastructure because mining is one of those industries particularly wellsuited for a digital transformation,” he said. “There are some very interesting use cases that come from digitizing a mine: inventory tracking, health and safety and of course autonomous vehicles in mines is low-hanging fruit.” Consisting of telecom heavyweights including Bell, Cisco, Telus and other companies, CENGN is at the forefront of telecom R&D, helping to bridge the gaps between innovation and commercialization. It currently hosts four testbed locations across Ontario used by tech companies to trial products and accelerate the go-to-market process. The 2019 summit saw nearly 500 attendees and a diverse lineup of presenters from telecom, academia and government such as Gordon Plunkett, director at Esri Canada, and author Amy Radin.

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