Bell Canada taps Ericsson 5G RAN technology

Canadian communications service provider Bell Canada has selected Ericsson 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) technology to support its nationwide 5G mobile and fixed wireless access deployment.
Bell Canada CTO Stephen HoweEricsson Radio System products and solutions will be rolled out as Bell Canada expands its 5G coverage – including an expected boost following the auction 3.5 GHz spectrum by the Canadian government later in 2020.

The 5G deal builds on a longstanding partnership between the companies, which includes 4G LTE network provision.

Stephen Howe, chief technology officer of Bell Canada, said: “5G’s high-capacity and near-instant connections will enable next-generation applications like mobile 4K video and immersive augmented reality, connected vehicles and industrial IoT automation on a massive scale.”

Ericsson has 93 commercial 5G agreements or contracts with unique communications service providers, of which 50 are publicly announced 5G deals. Ericsson currently has 40 live 5G networks in 22 countries.

Mirko Bibic, president and CEO of Bell Canada, says: “Bell’s 5G strategy supports our goal to advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world.”