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Telcoms firm unveils Global Artificial Intelligence Accelerator in Montréal

Ericsson selects Montreal for its global R&D location because of the area's robust AI ecosystem

May 3, 2019  by Canadian Staff

PHOTO: Ericsson unveils Global Artificial Intelligence Accelerator in Montreal : (from left to right) – Graham Osbourne, head of Ericsson Canada; Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; Nimish Radia, head of Global AI Accelerator North America for Ericsson/ /Ericsson Canada via CNW Group

Swedish telcoms firm Ericsson is creating a Global Artificial Intelligence Accelerator innovation hub in Montréal.

The technology hub will focus on research and development using artificial intelligence and automation technologies to create data-driven, intelligent products.

“Maturing AI capabilities will have a significant impact on 5G and existing networks’ automation and evolution, said said Graham Osborne, Head of Ericsson Canada. “The leadership shown by governments in Canada has helped create a robust Montréal AI ecosystem with world-class talent from which we can recruit.”

The company said the Montréal GAIA will create more than 30 new jobs for data scientists, engineers, AI/machine learning (ML) architects, and software developers in 2019, with potential for additional positions in the future. Ericsson’s Montréal location has 1,000 employees working in Ericsson’s R&D and Services Centre.


Ericsson’s footprint in R&D in Canada extends to being a founding member of ENCQOR (Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Québec and Ontario for Research and Innovation), a transformational Canada-Québec-Ontario partnership focused on research and innovation in the field of 5G disruptive technologies. ENCQOR established the first Canadian pre-commercial corridor of 5G digital infrastructure.