The network is initially rolling out in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal, and will be in over 20 additional markets by the end of the year. The telecom also announced the founding of the 5G Future Forum, an international consortium of telecoms tasked with setting 5G interoperability standards. (The Logic)
Talking point: Rogers beat Telus and Bell to a 5G launch. The other two firms are waiting for the government’s decision on whether or not it will ban Huawei’s participation in building Canada’s 5G infrastructure. Rogers is working with Ericsson on its 5G rollout. Huawei wasn’t mentioned in either of the press releases Rogers put out for today’s announcements. However, the one thing nearly all the 5G Future Forum members have in common is a certain distance from the Chinese telecom when it comes to 5G. KT Corporation, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone have all announced they aren’t using Huawei’s technology for their 5G networks. While Rogers is undoubtedly first to the punch here, this victory is still preliminary, and there’s plenty of time for other Canadian telecoms to catch up. For one thing, customers can’t yet use the network, because no devices have been authorized for it yet.