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Eastlink Launches 5G Network in Nova Scotia

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Eastlink announced on Wednesday its 5G network powered by Ericsson technology is now live in Halifax, with more expansion set for the months ahead. Currently, 18 sites in Halifax have 5G enabled.

“We are thrilled to launch the most transformative technological advancement in mobile after several years of network investment and prep work,” said Jeff Gillham, CEO Eastlink, in a statement. “Our world is more connected than ever and our customers count on us to be ready for whatever the future brings. Access to 5G will help our customers manage the increasing busyness and connectivity of their everyday lives and introduce new innovations and business opportunities required to compete on the global stage.”

Here’s a map of current 5G coverage in the Halifax Regional Municipality:

5G expansion will be coming to Fredericton, Saint John, Annapolis Valley, Charlottetown and Sydney in the future.

Ericsson’s Radio Access Network (RAN) will bring fast download speeds, low latency and greater bandwidth for wireless users and other real-world 5G applications.

“5G opens a new world of innovative possibilities that will integrate seamlessly into industries such as agriculture, transportation, manufacturing and healthcare,” said Jeanette Irekvist, Vice President and Head of Customer Unit Canada for Ericsson North America, in a statement. “The combination of strengthened network capabilities complemented with new device range and form factors will enable completely transformed services and new experiences to consumers and enterprises.”

Eastlink says it has invested over $300 million since 2013 to grow its wireless services in Canada. The company recently acquired 3500 MHz wireless spectrum licenses for next-generation 5G.

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