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5G commercial services in Canada

Rogers Communications started offering 5G services in March 2020

Rogers Communications started offering 5G services in March 2020 in parts of Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal using equipment from Ericsson. The operator announced it will eventually expand over 20 more markets by the end of 2020. Consumer and B2B subscribers to the ‘Infinite plans’ can enjoy 5G access at no extra charge until March 2021, starting at 75 CAD (49 EUR) per month for 10 GB of data. The network initially uses 2.5GHz spectrum, with 600MHz spectrum to be added later in 2020. The telco also expects to deploy dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS), which will allow 4G frequencies to be used for 5G.

Bell Canada started the construction of its 5G network in February 2020, using equipment from Finnish vendor Nokia. The carrier also selected Ericsson 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) technology to support its nationwide 5G mobile and fixed wireless access deployment.

Third largest operator by mobile subscribers, Telus, announced in June 2020, the selection of European vendors Ericsson and Nokia to build its 5G network.

All three of Canada’s major operators have bypassed Huawei amid government indecision on the Chinese vendor’s role in telecom networks.

Both Bell and Telus have announced plans to launch commercial 5G services during 2020.

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