Rogers Communications is expanding its 5G technology to 50 new markets starting today, including the Thompson-Okanagan communities.
The deployment includes 26 cities in British Columbia, including Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Penticton and Osoyoos.
Several communities in the Lower Mainland are also included.
The company says the technology will be launched in a mix of small towns and cities in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan as it nears its goal. bring 5G to 60 markets by the end of the year.
Hamilton, Waterloo, Ont., Gatineau, Quebec, Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria, Surrey, British Columbia, Regina and Saskatoon will all have access to 5G, building on Rogers’ January rollout in downtown Vancouver , Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
The new service promises almost instantaneous speeds for uploading, downloading, and streaming.
However, most Canadians will not be able to access the technology immediately, as the network requires the use of a 5G capable phone.
Rogers has a few 5G phones on the market, but expects more customers to come in and consumers to make the switch when they upgrade older devices.
“5G represents a massive technological transformation that will change the way British Columbians live and work,” said Rick Sellers, Rogers BC Regional President. “Strong digital infrastructure and this next-generation technology are essential to boost productivity and innovation as we move away from the pandemic, and into the future, as we reset the competitive landscape in British Columbia and Canada. , worldwide.
Rogers launched Canada’s first 5G smart city pilot project earlier this year with the city of Kelowna and the University of British Columbia.
The company also launched network sites this year in West Kelowna and Osoyoos.
With ultra-low latency, the delay between sending a request and responding from the network will theoretically drop to a millisecond, 400 times faster than the blink of an eye, the company says.
Earlier this year, Rogers announced that it will create 350 new jobs in the local economy by 2021 through its BC Customer Solutions Center in Kelowna.
– with files from The Canadian Press