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Eastlink launches 5G network powered by Ericsson

Eastlink's 5G deployment utilizes Ericsson's Radio Access Network (RAN), which will try to deliver improved connectivity speeds.

March 16, 2022   by CM Staff

HALIFAX — On Mar. 16, Eastlink announced the launch of its 5G network, powered by Ericsson technology, with the activation of its first 18 sites in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and plans to expand its 5G coverage area in the months ahead.

“We are thrilled to launch the most transformative technological advancement in mobile after several years of network investment and prep work,” said Jeff Gillham, CEO Eastlink. “Our world is more connected than ever and our customers count on us to be ready for whatever the future brings. Access to 5G will help our customers manage the increasing busyness and connectivity of their everyday lives and introduce new innovations and business opportunities required to compete on the global stage.”

Eastlink’s 5G deployment utilizes Ericsson’s Radio Access Network (RAN), which will try to deliver improved connectivity speeds, ultra-low latency, and greater bandwidth to advance societies and transform industries.

“5G opens a new world of innovative possibilities that will integrate seamlessly into industries such as agriculture, transportation, manufacturing and healthcare,” said Jeanette Irekvist, Vice President and Head of Customer Unit Canada for Ericsson North America. “The combination of strengthened network capabilities complemented with new device range and form factors will enable completely transformed services and new experiences to consumers and enterprises.”

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“Our partnership with Ericsson, a global leader in communications technology, brings the digital future into full view to satisfy our customers’ ever increasing mobility requirements,” said Steve Irvine, Eastlink VP Engineering and CTO.

Eastlink has reportedly invested more than $300M since its launch in 2013 to grow its mobile service across its Canadian footprint. Most recently, the company successfully acquired 3500MHz wireless spectrum licenses, which will enable next generation technologies powered by 5G.