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Canada’s first rural 5G SA network launched

New Brunswick
Canad's rural 5G SA network rollout will start in New Brunswick. (Image credit: Graham Hobster from Pixabay )

Canada’s leading rural-focused broadband provider, Xplornet Communications Inc., has launched its rural 5G standalone (SA) network, powered by Ericsson Radio System. The rollout of Canada’s first rural 5G SA network with Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services will start in New Brunswick and expand across that province during the next six months. Over the course of next year, Xplornet will expand its 5G network to 250 additional rural communities across the country. 

“It will also help create employment, spur innovation and invigorate rural communities.”

Allison Lenehan, Xplornet.

“This is a significant milestone for Xplornet and for rural Canadians. Everyone at Xplornet is proud to be making the investments that will bring the benefits of 5G technology into the homes of families who live outside Canada’s big cities,” said Allison Lenehan, President and CEO of Xplornet Communications Inc. “Our rural 5G network will directly and immediately benefit customers. It will also help create employment, spur innovation and invigorate rural communities across rural Canada.”

“Rural internet access is key to the future.”

Premier Blaine Higgs.

Premier Blaine Higgs said: “We recognize that rural internet access is key to the future success of our entire province,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “We are encouraged by the launch of Xplornet’s rural 5G network, which will contribute to that goal by allowing more rural customers to stay connected.”

State-of-the-art 5G technology 

Last year, Xplornet announced it has selected Ericsson as its 5G technology supplier. Ericsson’s state-of-the-art radio equipment will help ensure that Xplornet’s 5G network delivers faster 5G speed, reduced latency, and increased connectivity.

“We believe everyone should have equal access to the transformative experiences of the Internet.”

Jeanette Irekvist, Ericsson.

“Ericsson is pleased to be a trusted partner with Xplornet on this journey to deliver 5G capabilities to their robust network and revolutionize the rural broadband experience,” said Jeanette Irekvist, Vice President and Head of Customer Unit Canada for Ericsson North America. “As a global leader in 5G, Ericsson takes great pride in our long history investing in rural broadband because we beieve everyone should have equal access to the transformative experiences of the Internet,” he concluded. 

Rachael Sharpe

Rachael is a British journalist with 17 years experience in the publishing industry. Since launching www.digitalcameraworld.com, she’s been freelancing, and working for some of the world’s best-loved websites and magazines including T3.com and TechRadar.com and has also had a book, iPad for Photographers, published. A regular contributor at 5Gradar, Rachael is following the 5G market closely. Find out more at www.rachaelsharpe.com