Bill Pristanski attended the government’s 5G announcement at the Chateau Laurier Ballroom on March 19, 2018. Prospectus is the public affairs advisor to the ENCQOR consortium of companies.
Federal ISED Minister Navdeep Bains, Quebec Deputy Premier Dominique Anglade, and Innovation and Science Minister Reza Moridi today announced an industry-led partnership to develop 5G-enabled technologies.
ENCQOR (Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Quebec and Ontario for Research and Innovation) is a 5G testbed in Quebec and Ontario , built by a consortium of global multinational companies, specifically Ericsson, Ciena, Thales, IBM-Bromont and CGI.
Prospectus Associates is the Canadian public affairs advisor to ENCQOR.
Bill Pristanski and Bruce Hartley worked with the federal and Ontario government, Martin-Pierre Pelletier worked with the Quebec government to ensure the successful implementation of this ground-breaking investment.
The five companies and the three governments of Canada, Ontario and Quebec have equally funded this $400 million, five-year project. It is one of the first initiatives funded by the federal government’s Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF).
ENCQOR will provide an integrated 5G platform for Canadian Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to develop and test new technologies destined for the global market. The ENCQOR companies currently invest $2 billion annually on R&D in Canada.
The digital economy is growing at over 10 percent per year across G20 countries and is expected to account for over 60 percent of the global economy by 2030. ENCQOR will help create the digital backbone Canadian businesses need to take full advantage of new opportunities and invest in emerging technology areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Connected Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Cities, Cybersecurity and Advanced Manufacturing. SMEs will be able to use this 5G backbone to test their products, services and applications. And they will have the opportunity to work with one of the five anchor companies to co-market their services around the globe if they choose to do so.
Imagine a world where your refrigerator has tracked how much food you have and ordered replacement items for you. Your commute is safer and more productive because you are in a self-driving car. You can easily navigate traffic in a smart city, tolls are automatically collected and it’s easier to find a good parking spot.
As demand for all things connected increases, our wireless technology infrastructure needs to keep pace. That’s why we are about to see a shift from fourth-generation to fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology—a leap that will unlock massive innovation potential and create thousands of well-paying jobs across Canada.
Börje Ekholm, the Global CEO of Ericsson spoke at the opening launch in Ottawa. He stated that “the introduction of 5G will enable new services, new ecosystems, and new revenue streams for operators across Canada. R&D work done here in Canada has been a large contributor to Ericsson’s global leadership in 5G already, and we are excited to now bring this innovative work to Canada as part of the ENCQOR partnership.”
Ericsson has been a Prospectus client for more than a decade.
Learn more about ENCQOR and what it means for you here.