VANCOUVER – Rogers Communications pledged to double its investments in British Columbia this year to expand its LTE network, boost and densify its fibre-powered network in Vancouver, and to lay the groundwork for 5G in the province.
“Our new fibre build will further connect thousands more businesses, as well as local governments, giving them more choice in the province,” said Rogers for Business president Dean Prevost, in Tuesday’s news release. “More fibre allows Rogers to enable even more underserved businesses in the province, with reliable connectivity and flexibility for future growth as we go live with 5G.”
The news comes on the heels of Rogers’ announcement last September to construct a real-world 5G hub on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus in Vancouver designed to be a blueprint for 5G innovation in Canada.
Rogers said Tuesday that the first UBC research investment involves a smart city initiative to assess how 5G networks and applications will improve autonomous vehicle safety, traffic management and fuel efficiency. The second investment supports research in reducing 5G frequency interference as multiple connected devices communicate at the same time, over the same spectrum. These findings will help the performance of 5G-powered applications like autonomous vehicles, manufacturing robotics and remote surgery equipment.
“Partnerships are instrumental to our plans to bring next generation technology to B.C.,” added Rogers CTO Jorge Fernandes. “Together with UBC, we will continue to test real-world applications for 5G, and invest in top researchers and students so that we can bring Canadians the best that 5G has to offer.”
In related news, Rogers said that it has improved wireless service along BC’s Fraser Highway at the intersections of 64th Ave and King George Blvd. as well two sites in the Newton area of Surrey. The upgrades promise Rogers and Fido customers in these areas a faster, more reliable and consistent wireless experience.