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Larry Goerzen, president of Alberta and Prairies, Rogers Communications. Photo supplied.

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These days, talk of 5G is in the air everywhere. And it’s no wonder, because this new generation of network technology will revolutionize the way we live, work and experience the world around us.

For Larry Goerzen, president of Alberta and Prairies, Rogers Communications, these are exciting times.

“5G will be the most transformative technology since the first wireless services were introduced in the eighties,” Goerzen says. “More amazing innovations are coming, such as smart cities and highways, personalized retail experiences and fully autonomous vehicles. Through automation, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and more, businesses are poised to see enormous gains in productivity and customer satisfaction.”

5G is speeding us toward a future we once only dreamed was possible — but it’s about a lot more than data speed. It will also deliver latency as much as 400 times faster than the blink of an eye, making applications that require true real-time communication between devices, like driverless vehicles, a reality. Finally, 5G is about massive capacity — up to 500 times more connections per square kilometre.

According to Goerzen, Rogers is in the midst of a multi-year plan to build Canada’s 5G network.

“We’re upgrading our existing towers with 5G-ready technology and adding towers to increase coverage, speed and capacity,” Goerzen says. “We have partnered with Ericsson, a pioneer in 5G development and a company Rogers has been building networks with for 30 years. This year, we invested $1.7 billion to acquire prime spectrum across the country. This spectrum, which extends signals over long distances and deep into buildings, is vital to building our 5G network.”

Rogers now also offers two types of low-power, wide-area (LPWA) networks to support the enormous forecasted growth of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Canadian businesses can take advantage of these network technologies to enhance coverage and save money with solutions such as asset and fleet management and smart cities.

Goerzen says businesses across Alberta are already seeing the benefits of these investments.

“We recently announced enhanced wireless service in multiple communities across Alberta, and these upgrades will continue to roll out over the next few years,” Goerzen says. “Rogers already offers a wide range of business services in Alberta, including fibre internet, data centre and cloud services, private networking, Rogers Unison™ and more.

With 5G, we’ll be able to help customers in ways that are yet to be imagined.”

This feature was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Calgary Economic Development.

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