Rogers has announced a three-year partnership with Kitchener, Ontario-based Communitech to build a new 5G innovation lab.
The new lab will open in September and will “accelerate and launch smart city, IoT and enterprise 5G applications that will change the way we live and work.”
“Canada needs a strong 5G ecosystem to thrive and grow in our increasingly connected world,” said Jorge Fernandes, chief technology officer at Rogers. “Our partnership with Communitech is part of our work to bring together experts from universities, businesses, start-ups and government so our country can lead in the digital economy. This new lab will help bridge the gap between concept and testing to commercialization and market launch for Canadian applications.”
This is part of Rogers’ multi-year program to bring 5G to Canadians. Last year the telecommunications carrier announced a partnership with the University of British Columbia to build a real-world 5G hub.
Communitech is a public-private hub that supports over 1,400 companies to help them grow in the digital economy.
More recently, Communitech received $18 million from the federal government to create the new ‘Scale Up Platform.’