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Rogers continues expanding 5G network in the West and in Ontario

Also announced on Apr. 15, Rogers for Business worked with InDro Robotics and the UBC’s MéridaLabs to complete Canada’s first remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) flight over a 5G network.

April 15, 2021  by CM Staff

TORONTO — On Apr. 15, Rogers Communications announced that it is expanding its 5G network to now reach residents and businesses in Selkirk and Steinbach, Manitoba and St. Catharines, Ontario.

Also announced on Apr. 15, Rogers for Business worked with InDro Robotics and the University of British Columbia’s MéridaLabs to complete Canada’s first remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) flight over a 5G network at the UBC campus in Vancouver, BC. 5G will enable the ability to fly drones on autonomous missions from remote command centres connected over a 5G network. The 5G infrastructure Rogers has installed at UBC is enabling researchers and partners to explore future innovations, including parcel tracking, scheduling, and delivery by drone. 5G drones are expected to provide untapped services for a number of industries including agriculture, natural resources, infrastructure and utilities, construction, first responders and more2.

The announcement with InDro Robotics and UBC is supported by Rogers multi-year partnership with the university to research, incubate and commercialize 5G applications in Canada. As part of the company’s future plans, Rogers has also agreed to combine Rogers Communications with Shaw Communications, further monopolizing telecommunications services across Canada.

“We’re focused on bringing 5G connectivity to even more Canadian residents and businesses to help drive economic prosperity in our communities,” said Jorge Fernandes, Chief Technology Officer at Rogers Communications.

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“Over the last 12 months, wireless connectivity has become an even bigger part of critical infrastructure – helping our residents work, study and socialize online at unprecedented levels. Investments into more robust technology like this are critical for individuals and businesses alike, and we’re pleased to see St. Catharines included in Rogers’ map of 5G communities.” said Mayor Walter Sendzik, City of St. Catharines.

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.