Rogers Communications is extending 5G coverage to more than 50 new cities and towns across Canada. The telecommunications provider first introduced 5G in the country’s major urban centers (Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal) back in January, and then moved forward with the launch of commercial networks in those cities in June.
The dramatic expansion will bring coverage to dozens of new locations in Ontario, Quebec, and the Western provinces. At the moment, the network does not yet seem to extend to the Maritimes, the Territories, or Manitoba, although Rogers indicated that it is planning to add more locations to its network before the end of the year, ultimately providing coverage in more than 60 Canadian markets. The company’s 5G network is built with Ericsson technology.
Rogers noted that stable wireless networks have become even more essential in the past few months, largely due to the increase in remote activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“5G is the next technological evolution that will transform the way we live and work,” said Philippe Oille, the President of Rogers’ Southwestern Ontario Region. “Strong digital infrastructure and this next generation technology are critical to fuel productivity and innovation as we power out of the pandemic and reset the competitive landscape.”
During the expansion, Rogers delivered 5G coverage to 26 new locations in British Columbia, 18 in Ontario, five in Alberta, three in Quebec, and two in Saskatchewan.