Investing in next-generation wireless networks is critical to Canada’s economic growth and prosperity: Ghiz

The theme of this year’s event, held at Ottawa for the first time since 2017, is “5G and beyond – the wireless world in 2030”. This year’s Huddle, the eighth in a continuing series, focuses on continuing technological progress to 2030 and beyond, and the evolution towards B5G and future wireless connectivity.

In his remarks, Mr. Ghiz highlighted the critical role that wireless networks have played in supporting Canadians throughout the pandemic.

“Our digital networks have proven their resilience. They didn’t cave under the pressure. And thanks to this, Canadians have been able to support and transfer much of our economic and social activity to the online world. But the strength and performance of our digital networks during the pandemic has not been the result of luck or luck, but of years of planning and innovation, the kind of planning and innovation that we will be talking about at this conference, but also significant investments from the private sector. “

Mr. Ghiz noted that due to significant investments in digital infrastructure, from Canada wireless service providers have been able to overcome the challenges of from Canada vast geography and low population density to build wireless networks that are considered among the best in the world.

“Faced with these obstacles, our wireless network operators have invested more than $83 billion in capital expenditures and spectrum fees to build what is considered one of the best wireless networks in the world. On the wireline side, facilities-based service providers invested more than double that amount. It is these investments, along with years of investment in research and development by carriers, as well as technology providers and academic institutions, that have given us the digital infrastructure that has supported Canadians throughout the pandemic.

Mr. Ghiz concluded by noting that the significant private sector investment needed to take full advantage of 5G and beyond will require government policies that continue to encourage investment in expanding and improving from Canada world-class digital networks.

For a full copy of Mr. Ghiz’s remarks, please visit CWTA online here.

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SOURCE Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

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