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Canada announces new licensing framework for local 5G access

Access to fast, reliable and affordable Internet and mobile services is essential for Canadians. And Canadians rightfully expect—and deserve—it. That is why the Government of Canada continues to make more spectrum available to support better connectivity and access to the latest wireless technologies.

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced a new licensing policy that will give easy local access to 5G spectrum for Internet service providers and innovative industries as well as rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

The emergence of new wireless technologies is supporting the creation and expansion of new spectrum applications in many industries, including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, health care, public safety and transportation. This new non-competitive local licensing process will help smaller users access 5G spectrum in very localized areas, including in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

With this policy, Canadians will benefit from improved connectivity in rural and remote areas and access to innovative new products and services.

CT Bureau

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