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.