Rural-focused broadband service provider Xplornet has today announced the selection of Ericsson as its technology supplier for the deployment of 5G wireless broadband in rural Canada, which is set to begin in summer 2021.
Ericsson, which will supply Xplornet with the industry-leading 5G Ericsson Radio System, will also support the development of new services and improved customer experience while reducing the overall total cost of ownership.
“Xplornet is taking a major step towards delivering the next generation of wireless connectivity in rural Canada,” said Allison Lenehan, President and CEO of Xplornet, in an emailed statement to iPhone in Canada. “Our agreement with Ericsson will provide Xplornet’s robust national network with 5G equipment to revolutionize the rural broadband experience across our country.”
“Ericsson has a long history of serving our Canadian customers and investing in rural broadband, because we too believe everyone should have equal access to the transformative benefits of the Internet,” said Jeanette Irekvist, Head of Customer Unit Canada for Ericsson North America. “Through this new relationship, Xplornet will be able to deliver 5G capabilities to their customers as they transition from 4G to 5G.”
Xplornet says its 5G wireless network will not only benefit customers but will also create jobs and spur innovation among rural communities across Canada.