Rogers Communications, UBC partner to build 5G innovation hub on campus
The Rogers Communications sign is marks the company's headquarters in Toronto, April 25, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, September 20, 2018 2:14PM EDT
VANCOUVER - Rogers Communications Inc. has partnered with the University of British Columbia to build a campus hub for 5G innovation.
The telecommunications company says it will deploy 5G-ready network equipment on the campus early next year.
The wireless technology is up to 100 times faster than the current 4G system and promises better internet on smartphones well as potential new applications.
The company and university will study 5G applications that do things like monitor cars and traffic among other research interests. The partnership will last three years.
The company's chief technology officer, Jorge Fernandes, says in a statement that the company and the university can co-develop applications that will make cities smarter, cleaner and safer.
He says 5G will open a whole new world of opportunities for Canadians and business.