Rural Canada Looks Forward to 5G Launch by Xplornet
It is no longer a dream that might be realized at some point in the future. 5G is happening now.
Earlier this week, Xplornet Communications Inc., the largest broadband provider in Canada with a focus on providing connectivity to rural communities, has announced the launch of its 5G network. It appears to be a logical step forward for the company who is already known to be making significant investments in wireless as well as fibre technologies to ensure inexpensive and reliable broadband is available all across Canada, especially those living in rural areas.
The technology that drives the network is provided by Ericsson Radio Systems, and the selection of Ericsson as a partner had been announced the previous year. Ericsson is a leading provider of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers around the world.
What is more, the launch is happening in rural New Brunswick. From there, it will gradually expand. Traditionally, rural communities have played catch-up with their urban counterparts when it comes to access to innovations and new technologies as providers, with the lure of a higher density of population and consequently higher revenues, have followed the practice of innovations and introductions in urban communities, from where they have gradually worked their way upcountry.
This will be Canada’s first 5G standalone network with fixed wireless broadband. Xplornet has broken new ground in selecting New Brunswick for the launch. Xplornet hopes to reach the service to over 250 rural communities across the nation, after first expanding across New Brunswick in the first six months.
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What is 5G
In technical terms, 5G is the fifth generation of cellular networks, following on from 1G, 2G, 3G and the presently widespread 4G.
What is more important is that it is substantially faster than 4G, up to 100 times, with very low latency, opening up many more opportunities for people and businesses. In time, it could also replace wired networks as the backbone of ultra-fast internet connectivity.
What they said
Allison Lenehan, President and CEO of Xplornet Communications Inc., speaking at the launch, said, “This is a significant milestone for Xplornet and for rural Canadians. Everyone at Xplornet is proud to be making the investments that will bring the benefits of 5G technology into the homes of families who live outside Canada’s big cities. Our rural 5G broadband network will directly and immediately benefit customers. It will also help create employment, spur innovation and invigorate rural communities across rural Canada.”
New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs commended Xplornet for the launch and said, “We recognize that rural internet access is key to the future success of our entire province. We are encouraged by the launch of Xplornet’s rural 5G network, which will contribute to that goal by allowing more rural customers to stay connected.”
Jeanette Irekvist, Vice President and Head of Customer Unit Canada for Ericsson North America, said, “Ericsson is pleased to be a trusted partner with Xplornet on this journey to deliver 5G capabilities to their robust network and revolutionize the rural broadband experience. As a global leader in 5G, Ericsson takes great pride in our long history investing in rural broadband because we believe everyone should have equal access to the transformative experiences of the Internet.”
Xplornet Communications Inc. is headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick. It has been connecting customers in rural Canada through mobile and fixed broadband solutions for over a decade and is considered to be one of the leading providers in the country. It enables Canadian homes and offices with data and voice communication, through its satellite and fiber wireless networks.