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First rural 5G standalone network launched in Canada

23 September 2021
A 5G cell tower installed in rural Canada as part of the first network that will begin in New Brunswick and expand in the next six months. Source: Xplornet Communications

Xplornet Communications Inc. has launched what it claims is the first rural 5G standalone network using Ericsson’s radio system.

The rural 5G network will include fixed wireless access (FWA) broadband services that will start in New Brunswick and expand across the province in the next six months.

In 2022, Xplornet will expand its 5G broadband network to 250 additional rural communities in Canada with speeds up to 100 Mbps.

"This is a significant milestone for Xplornet and for rural Canadians. Everyone at Xplornet is proud to be making the investments that will bring the benefits of 5G technology into the homes of families who live outside Canada's big cities," said Allison Lenehan, president and CEO of Xplornet Communications Inc. "Our rural 5G broadband network will directly and immediately benefit customers. It will also help create employment, spur innovation and invigorate rural communities across rural Canada."

In 2020, Xplornet selected Ericsson as its 5G technology supplier using its equipment to deliver 5G network speeds, reduced latency and increased connectivity.

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