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Laying the groundwork for the world’s best 5G network.

What is 5G?

5G is the next generation of wireless network technology. Once fully deployed, it will provide revolutionary levels of speed, ultra-low latency, and the capacity to support more data and devices. This will change the way we live, work and learn, and enable businesses to embrace digital innovation like never before.

Laying the groundwork for the 5G infrastructure

Not all networks are created equal. While many may say they will have 5G, it takes a leader in network innovation to build Canada’s best 5G network. From a wide range of spectrum to a greater cell site density, Bell is using its world-class infrastructure to provide the coverage, reliability and support required to build the network of the future.

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Why the future with 5G is transformational

Up to
faster speeds

5G technology will be capable of enabling (theoretical) speeds that are up to 6x faster than LTE. This means large files can be downloaded in seconds, videos can be streamed in the highest resolution, and users will benefit from an overall better experience.

5G will also provide faster Internet speeds to business users in remote areas that currently don’t have access to fibre technology.

Up to
greater capacity

5G will increase the capacity of connected devices by 1000x (from 1,000/km2 to 1 million per km2). This is particularly significant for Internet of Things deployments, such as smart cities, with capability to support millions of connected devices.

Plus, with increased data network capacity, overall speeds and connectivity are expected to be maintained, even during peak hours, regardless of how large an event or deployment.

Up to
lower latency

5G will enable the fastest wireless device connection, near real time, with lower latency. This opens up possibilities for new solutions or technologies on the mobile network where low latency and better reliability are a must.

Enhancing the future with 5G.

5G will improve existing solutions in revolutionary ways, while enabling the development of transformative new applications.

Wireless fixed broadband

Smart cities

Mission-critical services

Autonomous vehicles

Remote healthcare and surgeries

Wireless fixed broadband

To help meet the growing demand for connectivity, fixed wireless broadband already brings fast speeds to remote areas. 5G will open up whole new levels of speed in these communities, enabling a large number of applications in a wide variety of industries and creating entire new workforces.

Smart cities

Municipalities across Canada are adopting IoT technology to help them predict and proactively manage asset performance, impacts of climate, energy management, traffic congestion, citizen safety and engagement.

With the growing need for connectivity and the shift towards the implementation of IoT sensors and solutions, cities will rely on next-generation networks to support smart city advancements.

Mission-critical services

5G will allow first responders who frequently operate in environments where every second truly counts, to make critical decisions in real time, and communicate between teams even faster in new and innovative ways. This includes sharing site conditions through live video, remote access to surveillance cameras to monitor live situations and quicker access to databases.

Autonomous vehicles

Vehicles are becoming increasingly connected with new cars featuring diagnostics, enhanced services (remote unlock, vehicle tracking), and in-vehicle hotspots.

With faster reaction times and better reliability, 5G opens up exciting new opportunities for smart transportation including self-driving vehicles and Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) – the exchange of information between vehicles and objects.

This rapid-fire connectivity could enable communication between traffic lights and autonomous vehicles, facilitate lane merger assists between vehicles, and improve overall safety for vehicles and fleets.

Remote healthcare and surgeries

By quickly and reliably transporting huge data files, 5G will help facilitate new healthcare solutions that will:

  • Support increasing patient needs with personalized, preventative and urgent care. For example, wearables and home sensors can remotely monitor patients’ health and alert healthcare providers about potential issues or abnormalities
  • Enable centralized patient records to be accessed quickly and maintained efficiently from anywhere
  • Improve access to specialized medical professionals and procedures, regardless of location. This can enable highly responsive ecosystems where expertise can be shared among healthcare professionals

Why Bell today

Existing Bell customers will be able to take advantage of 5G, with compatible devices and solutions, enabling them to gain market share and operational efficiencies against those they compete with. And of course, the same companies are already benefiting from access to Canada’s best mobile network.

The best network technologies from Bell

From 5G-ready LTE-M to fibre-to-the-business, Bell is at the cutting edge of the world’s most advanced network technologies and as such is uniquely positioned to help businesses do more and make more. Enhancing and expanding existing 4G LTE solutions with 5G will result in business leaders in their fields leading by more as they seize the opportunity of first mover advantage, resulting from being with the 5G first mover.

Bell already offers the below and this lead will only grow with 5G:

Canada’s largest voice and data network

Canada’s first coast-to-coast 5G-ready LTE-M network

First to launch Quad Band LTE Advanced in North America

Nearly $4 billion invested in network innovation annually, significantly more than any other company

Canada’s leading carrier for first responder networks

Bell’s path to building 5G

Leading the way in wireless network coverage, speed and quality, Bell is already testing 5G network readiness, helping establish industry standards, and building connected home, vehicle and smart city applications.

Bell and Nokia complete first 5G trial in Canada.

Bell and technology partner Nokia completed Canada's initial 5G trials in 2016 – one of only three such trials globally – demonstrating sustained 5G mobile data speeds.

Bell continues to advance 5G capabilities in field deployments and contributes to the global 5G standards process through the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) consortium and Third Generation Partnership Program (3GPP) overseeing the development of the international 5G ecosystem. The unique insights gained means Bell will be able to deliver to its clients the very best of the next generation of mobile technology. Technology that promises to provide substantial business benefits to those that have access to it.

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Bell successfully completes Wireless to the Home (WTTH) deployments.

A focus on bringing the vast benefits of broadband technology to a mobile environment and the impact of service innovation have been key to Bell’s transformation into Canada’s wireless leader. Wireless to the Home (WTTH) technology is Bell’s latest innovation, and is a wireless technology that will take full advantage of 5G to deliver truly high speed Internet service to residents in smaller and underserved communities.

This innovation with WTTH uniquely leverages Bell’s extensive fibre build to the benefit of Bell clients, while ongoing 5G trials underscore the importance of having truly integrated wireline and wireless solutions, all backed by the world’s best technologies.

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Bell supports new Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Québec and Ontario for Research and Innovation (ENCQOR) initiative.

As the country's primary driver of broadband communications innovation, Bell enables the governments' objective to enhance economic growth through the development and deployment of 5G.

5G wireless networks are necessary for the next generation of IoT applications, and Bell uniquely has the strategy, technologies and partnerships necessary to see those applications become a commercial reality in homes, businesses, EMS, campuses and cities throughout Canada.

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