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Rogers, University of Waterloo partnering to support 5G research

The three-year partnership will, among other things, see the first 5G smart campus in central Canada, located at the University of Waterloo
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Call it a major boost to 5G research in Canada.

A partnership has been announced between Rogers Communications and the University of Waterloo, which will, among other things, see the creation of central Canada's first smart campus.

It's part of Rogers' $20 million dollar investment nationwide, also seeing previously announced deals in place with the University of British Columbia, Ryerson University and Kitchener-based innovation hub Communitech.

In a release, Rogers President and CEO Joe Natale says they're incredibly proud to partner with UW "to bring the very best in 5G research and innovation to Canada and Canadians."

"5G is at our doorstep," he said, "These investments are critical to developing the ideas and solutions that will fuel industries and drive Canada's digital economy for decades to come."

Areas like engineering, network design, applied mathematics and artificial intelligence will be in focus, and construction --- along with the first research projects --- will start up early in 2020.

The campus will see 5G technology testing, taking a look at network infrastructure, frequencies and applications "in a real world Canadian environment."

The partnership also makes Rogers a partner of the Gateway for Enterprises to Discover Innovation at the University of Waterloo (GEDI).

"We are pleased to partner with Rogers and to further explore this transformative technology," says UW President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur.

"Combining the experience of Rogers with the research and entrepreneurial talent at the University of Waterloo will empower faculty and students to make discoveries and build new companies that will help us further contribute to the economies of our region and the country as a whole."

On top of this announcement, Rogers also says they're becoming the first wireless provider working with ENCQOR 5G.

That is a $400 million dollar partnership that established the first pre-commercial 5G telecommunications corridor in Canada, bringing together companies, organizations and researchers that want to innovate, using the full potential of 5G.

That partnership is lead by the federal government, along with the provincial governments in Ontario and Quebec.

Rogers will be supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, as they work at unlocking 5G's technological promise.

"5G technology will transform the way we live and work, helping address issues we face every day like traffic congestion and access to health services," said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Government of Canada.

"Through the ENCQOR 5G project, our government is partnering with Canadian innovators - in universities and business - to position Canada as a world leader in 5G technology. The collaboration between Rogers and the University of Waterloo will create made in Canada innovations using this leading-edge technology."


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