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The G in 5G  stands for generation. 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for cellular networks. Each generation has been marked by their data transmission speeds and the uses they enable.

In cities throughout the world, 5G networks and services will be deployed over the next several years to accommodate the increasing reliance on internet-enabled devices.

For cities, this will provide a variety of services including safer roads, waste collection, green power grids and much more. Beyond the technology itself, 5G could add 250,000 permanent new jobs, and $40 billion in annual GDP to the Canadian Economy by 2026 (Accenture 2018).

(1979) 1G

1G delivered Analog Voice. Users were able to make cell phone calls

(1991) 2G

2G introduced digital voice and text messaging

(1998) 3G

3G brought mobile and wireless internet connection to our phones

(2008) 4G LTE

4G LTE expanded and modernized the mobile internet.
The era of new smartphone apps and services emerged. Social networking, work, education, banking, shopping and more became ever-more convenient as a result

(2019) 5G

5G offers capabilities that we can’t even imagine yet. At its core 5G is an enabler, unlocking capabilities that we’ve been waiting for and those we can’t even imagine yet.

5G is all about thinking outside the box

5G is 20x to 1000x faster than 4G That’s like downloading an HD movie in less than 1 second
5G is more responsive
Super-low latency internet applications to meet human level response time
5G will provide up to one million connections per km2
5G could add 250,000 permanent new jobs, and approximately $40 billion in annual GDP to the Canadian Economy by 2026 (Accenture 2018)

What is possible with 5G

5G networks will fuel Canadian innovation across industries and improve Canadians’ quality of life, with new applications in areas ranging from healthcare to agriculture

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traffic management

5G will allow the creation and deployment of traffic strategies in response to real-time conditions like rush hour, congestion in specific areas, construction

Autonomous Vehicle Communications

Safer roads

Enabling vehicles that are capable of sensing their environment and moving safely with little or no human input

5G Green Energy


5G technology can help facilitate a cleaner, greener, more environmentally conscious future by making things more efficient

vision zero


fatalities or serious injuries on our roadways

Safer Cities

Connected Communities

Green Solutions

Better services

Citizen engagement

Data Driven Decisions

Cost Savings

vision zero

A global initiative with one clear and simple goal: ZERO fatalities or serious injuries on our roadways

5G enabling a New Vision for Safety

Canada ranks low 28th place in global road safety rankings

With more than 1800 deaths and approximately 160,000 injuries on our roads every year

In every situation a person might fail, the road system should not

If the aim is zero traffic deaths and serious injuries, then you need to set zero as the target. Not X% in 5 years

If the aim isn’t zero, we really need to talk

how is all of this possible?


5G networks will use millimetre-wave spectrum. Millimetre-waves can carry huge amounts of data but they do not travel far.
Small Cells are used to solve this issue.

Small Cells

Small cells are low-powered radio access nodes

They can either be attached to street lights and hydro poles or they can go inside Smart Poles

Smart Poles

Smart Poles look like a light pole on the exterior, but carry all of the radio equipment on the inside.

 + they do more!

Smart Pole Functionality

Smart poles can also include things like: air quality sensors, digital screens, smart parking meters, outlets for electric vehicle charging, emergency dispatch buttons…the possibilities are immense