TESTS: TELUS to launch 5G network by 2019

Posted May 25, 2019 04:03:56The big news is the launch of 5G networks across the country.

TEST will have five new towers, with a total capacity of 1,700 megabits per second, in Toronto, Vancouver, Hamilton, Montreal and Ottawa. 

TEST CEO, David J. Johnston said the new towers will be the largest of their kind in Canada.

“It will be a network of towers of up to 4,000 megabites per second.

It will be able to deliver all of the speeds you need,” Johnston said.

The company has also set a target to have all five towers completed by 2022.

Johnston says the 5G industry is expected to grow at about 40 per cent a year.

“I think that is going to be the industry that we have seen in the next three to four years.

And the speed of that growth, I think, is going in the direction that we are hoping it will be.”

TESTs five new networks will also include a satellite constellation.

Johnston added that the 5GHz spectrum will be available for use by commercial companies and universities.

The company is also launching its 5G LTE service, a 5G-compatible wireless network, in Quebec, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Ontario.

Johnston is hopeful the new 5G service will be rolled out across the rest of Canada within two to three years.TESTs latest announcement comes as the company is looking at a possible sale of its wireless business, as well as plans to sell off its remaining assets.

Johnston also announced that TES will be adding an “accelerated development team” of engineers to its board of directors.

“We are looking at doing a lot of things in the 5-7 year timeframe,” Johnston added.

Johnston has also announced the company has secured a contract for 100 new wireless spectrum licenses in New Brunswick and Manitoba, in the hope of building a large base of new spectrum for the 5Gb network.

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