Cities with 5G coverage in Canada

History and Efficiency

South Korea was the first country to offer 5g network coverage in 2018.  It is now 2020 and 5G is becoming the standard for phone network coverage.  5G is marketed as being much faster than the previous 4G LTE standard.  The efficiency of the network is also significantly changing it from thousand per square foot to 1 million devices per square foot.  So is 5G that much better than it’s preceder 4G LTE?  Yes, the wireless connection is much more stable and faster.  With download speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second, it makes 4G seem incomparable.  5G is also much more stable.  Due to the lower latency, you will find that your connection is consistent and reliable.  Continue reading to find out if 5G is supported in your city, and how you can access 5G.

Where is 5G accessible?

While 5G in Canada is relatively new, 6 cities have access to 5G coverage already and that number is expected to grow in the coming months.  These 6 cities are split between the two telenetwork companies in Canada Rogers, Telus, and Bell.  

Cities with existing 5G network coverage capabilities are Toronto and the GTA, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver.  Rogers covers Toronto and GTA, Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver; while Bell and Telus both cover Toronto and GTA, Monreal, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.  The number of cities is increasing however, and Telus has already released that they are working on getting 5G to 26 other areas.

Along with personal use the two telecommunications companies Rogers and Bell have partnered with various learning institutions for research purposes. Rogers has paired with the University of British Columbia (located in Vancouver), the University of Calgary, the University of Waterloo, and Ryerson University.  Rogers is also launching a pilot test in Kelowna, B.C.  Bell  has partnered with only one university to do their research, Western University also located in Ontario.  While all of these different institutions can use 5G services, who owns 5G in Canada?

5G Cities Canada:

  • Toronto and the GTA – 5G by Bell, Telus and Rogers
  • Ottawa – 5G by Rogers
  • Montreal – 5G by Bell, Telus and Rogers
  • Edmonton – 5G by Bell, Telus
  • Calgary – 5G by Bell, Telus
  • Vancouver – 5G by Bell, Telus and Rogers

Who Owns 5G?

Contrary to popular belief, it is not governments who own the 5G towers. Rather there are numerous owners of 5G technologies. These owners are mainly hardware suppliers from outside of Canada. Suppliers include Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and Huawei. Bell uses the technology, knowledge and assistance from Ericsson, and Nokia, Rogers uses Ericsson alone, and Telus is in a partnership with Videotron and Samsung to launch their 5G service. The leading Chinese 5G company Huawei, is notably left out of the mix, that is because as of now, there has been no formal ruling regarding the legality of Huawei hardware in Canada. A decision is expected to be made sometime in the near future.

Can I Access 5G on my phone?

Well, yes and no. By 2021 it is expected that 5G will be in a state where it’s abilities can be harnessed by the general public on every service provider. For now it is only available on Rogers, Bell, and Telus; any of their subsidiaries will have access expected by 2021. The only problem is that your phone will need to have 5G capabilities. The same issue occurs every time there is a new networking service, phone hardware needs to be upgraded in order to accommodate it. There are phones currently out right now that will have 5G capabilities however, so if you have one of the following you might not need to get a new phone to gain access to the features: Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, LG V60 ThinQ 5G Dual Screen, Motorola edge+, and it is rumored to be a component on the newest iPhone 12. Unfortunately your non 5G or 4G LTE phone cannot be upgraded and a newer version will need to be purchased in order to use the services.

Cell Phone Plans Including 5G

Just like when 4G LTE initially came out, the proposal to have 5G be an exclusive feature only was introduced. This was intended to be a fee to use the 5G service in march of 2021; however, Bell was first to eliminate this fee and it is to be expected that all other cell phone companies will do the same. If it is 5G you are looking for, the unlimited plans or “safe” plans from all three providers are your best option. These plans have no data overage charges, this means you can use your 5G data freely and as much as you want. It is unclear if these regulations will change at all in the future and looks to be determined after the initial testing stages.

Concerns

5G isn’t all sunshine and rainbows though. Recently there have been some concerns over the human exposure to 5G radio waves, mostly as their long term exposure has not been studied at great depth. However, theories that the Covid-19 virus was as a result of the new towers. THat is false and coronavirus Covid-19 is not caused by 5G. Additionally, you can ease your mind by knowing the FDA has ruled out that these radio waves cause cancer. They are too low frequency to break molecular bonds and therefore cannot alter and bond within our bodies. For more information about 5G concerns, take a look at “Everything you need to know about Hypersensitivity to Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF Protection)” (link to that article please).

Conclusion

To summarize, 5G is the next evolution in the world of telecommunications. It is faster, more efficient, and spans a wider range. Currently it is offered in 6 Canadian cities (The GTA, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver), a number that is expected to grow rapidly. The technology is also being tested at various universities. FInally you do need a phone with 5G capabilities, something not every device includes. Now, armed with the proper knowledge and facts about where 5G is accessible, how it can be accessed, and by whom; are you going to try out the new network? Why or why not?

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