August 2, 2016 – Bell Canada has demonstrated 5G with Nokia at its Wireless Innovation Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Using spectrum in the 73 GHz band, Bell sustained data speeds of what it called “more than six times faster than top 4G speeds.”
Expected to be widely available within the next 5 to 7 years, 5G will provide significantly faster data speeds than current 4G networks and more capacity to meet the demands of mobile customers for broadcast video and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, including connected vehicles and city-wide IoT solutions. Bell is a member of the Next Generation Mobile Networks consortium (ngmn.org), the global body defining requirements for the international 5G ecosystem.
“We are excited to demonstrate a pre-commercial 5G system with Bell, which represents the first in Canada,” said Alex Giosa, Country Senior Officer, Canada, at Nokia. “We have had a long and productive history with Bell, and look forward to our continued joint work and testing to discover what 5G technology can offer Bell’s Canadian subscribers.”
Bell, which operates wireless innovation centers in Dorval, Québec; Mississauga; and Toronto, operates a 4G network with a large coverage footprint. The multimedia concern also provides, TV, Internet, home phone, and small business and enterprise communications service.