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The Bell 5G network is here.

The next generation of wireless technology has arrived. It will be a true game changer for all Canadian consumers and businesses, with initial 5G enabling faster speeds on 5G-compatible devices. 5G will take time to roll out across Canada, beginning in major urban centres.

Full deployment over the next few years will enhance the lives of Canadians with applications that we can’t even imagine today, bringing generational changes to the way we work, live and play. The faster speeds, greater capacity and low latency of 5G will open immense opportunities to businesses including enabling the remote workforce, telehealth, self-driving vehicles and much more.

To fully realize the generational opportunities of 5G, massive investment in new wireless spectrum, technology and infrastructure is required, and Bell is leading the way to deliver Canadians the best 5G network in the world.

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Laying the groundwork for Bell’s 5G network.

Not all 5G networks are created equal. While many may say they have 5G, it takes a leader in network innovation to build Canada’s best 5G network. Bell has the world-class infrastructure required to provide the coverage, reliability and support needed to deliver the network of the future.

Network innovation investment


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Why the future with 5G is transformational

Up to
faster speeds

Our 5G network will enable theoretical peak download speeds of up to 1.7 Gbps in select areas of Western Canada, Ontario and Québec1 (average expected speeds coming soon). Future 5G technology deployments will have theoretical peak download 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

Future 5G deployments 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

Future 5G technology 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 make cities more liveable and safe. IoT technology helps city administrators predict and proactively manage asset performance, impacts of climate, energy consumption, and traffic congestion.

With the growing need for connectivity and the growth 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

Bell’s customers already enjoy Canada’s best national mobile network.3 Our customers will also be well-positioned to take advantage of compatible 5G devices and solutions, enabling them to gain market share and operational efficiencies against their competitors. Join Bell today and get ready to take advantage of our industry-leading 5G capabilities.

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, enabling our customers to do more and make more. Enhancing and expanding existing 4G LTE solutions with 5G will result in even more opportunities for our customers. Bell’s network advantages can become your business advantage, and with 5G, the list will get even longer.

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

Significant 5G milestones

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' objectives 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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5G launch milestone.

Bell turned on its 5G network in 2020, allowing customers with a 5G-compatible smartphone to take advantage of Bell’s 5G service in parts of the Greater Toronto Area, Montréal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. The Samsung Galaxy S20 series, LG V60ThinQ 5G Dual Screen™ and Motorola Edge+ are some of the first 5G-compatible devices in Bell’s smartphone line-up. These devices and the 5G network will represent the start of the long-term 5G revolution.

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Wireless technology to power autonomous vehicles

The Bell Network team recently demonstrated unique 5G applications that support advancements in driverless car innovations. The Vulnerable Road User app identifies vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users, while Ultra HD mapping identifies buildings, driving lines and curbs in real time to improve accuracy and performance of driverless vehicles.

5G-compatible smartphones

A 5G-compatible smartphone is required to access Bell’s 5G network. The Samsung Galaxy S20 series, LG V60ThinQ 5G Dual Screen™ and Motorola Edge+ are some of the first 5G-compatible devices in Bell’s line-up, with more to come.

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  1. 5G coverage is available with compatible devices and is approximate; actual coverage may vary and may not include indoor coverage. The 5G network symbol appearing on a 5G device while in use means that 5G is available on the Bell network in the surrounding local area of the device. Speed, performance, and whether a 5G device uses the available 5G depends on various factors including topography, environmental conditions, the current serving radio conditions at your location, whether the device is actively downloading or uploading data and subject to Bell’s Internet traffic management practices (e.g., priority access to emergency personnel and critical infrastructure personnel). See Outside 5G areas, 5G devices will continue to have access to our fastest 4G speeds available.
  2. Based on total number of cell towers on the shared 5G network available from Bell vs. Rogers’ 5G network.
  3. Based on a third party score (Global Wireless Solutions OneScore™) calculated using wireless network testing in Canada against other wireless networks of combined data, voice, reliability and network coverage. See for details.