Rogers partners Communitech on smart city initiative and expands 5G to 170+ markets

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Rogers Communications has expanded its 5G service to new communities in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

Powered by Ericsson, Rogers’s 5G network now covers more than 170 markets across Canada with its expansion to the following cities and towns: Brantford, Ontario; Carignan, Quebec; Chambly, Quebec; Dawson Creek, Columbia; Gravenhurst, Ontario; Ingersoll, Ontario; Niagara Falls, Ontario; Pelham, Ontario; Tecumseh, Ontario; and Welland, Ontario.

“As we continue to bring 5G to life, not only are we expanding to even more communities, we’re nurturing the right partnerships to bolster Canada’s 5G ecosystem and deliver the technology that will drive economic prosperity in our country and distinguish us globally,” said Jorge Fernandes (pictured), chief technology officer at Rogers Communications.

“Our partnership with the Future of Cities collaborative is part of our work to bring together researchers, businesses, start-ups and government to build made-in-Canada solutions and infrastructure to future-proof our cities to thrive in the digital age.”

At the same time, Rogers also confirms its participation in Communitech’s Future of Cities collaborative to develop 5G smart city solutions.

Comprised of members of government, industry and academia, this smart city initiative aims to develop 5G smart city solutions for the cities of Waterloo and Brampton and forms  part of Rogers multi-year partnership with Communitech to support the advancement of 5G innovation in Canada.

“We are stronger together than apart and have formed the Future of Cities collaborative to research and test solutions that will help our communities prepare for whatever the Future of Cities may entail,” added Joel Semeniuk, vice president of corporate innovation at Communitech.

“As a lead partner, Rogers brings a world-class 5G network and the expertise that will enable us to provide new innovations to our cities and support the growth and evolution of our urban centres across Canada.”

In related news, January saw Rogers publish  its fourth quarter 2020 results with total revenues for the period were down 7% - CAD3 billion ($2,3 billion), which according to the company is largely due to the 8% decline it saw in wireless service revenue – CAD2.2 billion ($1,7 billion).