Canada’s Rogers Communications today announced that it has turned on its 5G network service in Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba. Customers in these locations on Rogers Infinite and Rogers for Business shared unlimited data plans with compatible 5G devices will now have access to this next generation wireless technology. More than 2.2 million Canadians are now on 5G-ready Rogers Infinite unlimited data plans.
“The arrival of 5G in Manitoba will change the way we live, work and do business here,” said Larry Goerzen, President of Prairies and Alberta, Rogers Communications. “5G represents a massive technological transformation that will connect everything in our world from people and machines, to homes and cities. Beyond that, strong digital infrastructure and this next generation technology are critical to fuel productivity and innovation in the future as we reset the competitive landscape in Manitoba and for Canada, globally.”
Including these new communities, the Rogers 5G network powered by Ericsson now reaches a total of 134 cities and towns across the country offering 10x more coverage than competitive carriers, the company claims.
“On behalf of the Manitoba government, we welcome the expansion of Rogers 5G network into Winnipeg and Brandon, along with the benefits it will bring to our economy and communities,” commented Hon. Ralph Eichler, Manitoba Minister of Economic Development and Training. “This expansion will bring new technology to our businesses and contribute to Manitoba’s long-term competitiveness.”
In addition to providing Canadians with the latest technology, wireless industry investments in 5G networks are expected to contribute an estimated $40 billion annually to the country’s economy and 250,000 permanent new jobs by 2026. The operator notes that 5G will introduce new capabilities that are significantly more advanced than previous generations of wireless technology.
"Over the next several years, 5G will transform businesses and industries with increased speed and capacity, more efficient use of spectrum and lower latency. 5G will also support a massive increase in the number of connected devices that require near instantaneous access for applications like augmented and virtual reality, smart cities, robotics and driverless vehicles," adds Rogers.
“We are extremely pleased to see business investment in our Province towards more robust technology for individuals and businesses alike and we’re specifically thrilled to see Brandon included in Rogers map of 5G communities,” said the Mayor of Brandon, Rick Chrest.
To learn more, visit about.rogers.com.