5G technology is rolling out in Sundre, Carstairs

Wireless technology touted as a major upgrade that will provide Sundre and Carstairs residents and businesses with faster, more reliable service

SUNDRE/CARSTAIRS — The deployment of Rogers’ 5G network which now reaches Sundre and Carstairs will not only increase the overall coverage area for residents and businesses, but will also significantly increase download and upload speeds, the Canadian telecommunications giant recently announced.

“5G is a next-generation wireless networking technology that over time will deliver unprecedented speed, instant response times, and fast, reliable connections, fundamentally changing the way we live and work,” he said. said Warren Fletcher, Vice President, Access Networks at Rogers. said in a press release prepared in response to emailed questions.

The service is available to Rogers wireless customers who live in Sundre and Carstairs and have Infinite plans with 5G devices, he said.

Wireless technology was touted as an important part of preparing municipalities to prepare for the future to develop smart communities while providing customers with a much improved online experience with reduced latency, whether streaming or gaming,” wrote Zac Carreiro, head of media relations at Rogers Communications. E-mail.

Yet the new network will not only benefit residents and businesses, but also agricultural producers looking to maximize the efficiency of their operations.

“As it evolves, 5G will deliver new experiences and capabilities, including saving time and money for farmers through wireless sensors that monitor ground conditions, autonomous vehicles, early earthquake detection, drone delivery services and more,” Fletcher said.

The telecommunications company said it was the first in Canada to launch 5G – short for “fifth generation” – in early 2020.

“Since then, we’ve rolled out the service in communities across the country,” Fletcher said.

Providing a comparison with the quality of service previously available via 4G, Carreiro said the new wireless technology offers “unprecedented speeds”.

“5G can achieve peak data rates up to 100 times faster than 4G LTE,” he wrote via email. “This means you can stream, upload and download vast amounts of data at unprecedented speeds.”

The major upgrade will also provide much greater network capacity, as 5G supports more than 10 million connections per kilometer, which is more than 10 times the capacity available under 4G LTE, he said. .

Additionally, users can expect significantly reduced latency and “instant responses,” he said.

“5G cuts response times to just one millisecond, up to 10 times slower than 4G LTE for ultra-low latency,” he said, adding that it enables “experiences like gaming on-the-go cloud multiplayer and autonomous driving”.

In response to a question about whether Rogers has received funding from the federal government, which has invested billions of dollars in recent years to increase high-speed Internet connectivity in remote and rural communities across Canada, Fletcher wrote: “This 5G expansion was entirely led and funded by Rogers. We also work closely with provincial and federal governments to help bridge the digital divide, both in Alberta and across Canada.

As Rogers and Shaw explore the possibility of merging, the combined telecommunications company will invest $6.5 billion across Western Canada, creating thousands of jobs and further accelerating the rollout of 5G, it said. -he declares.

“We will also commit $1 billion to connect more rural and Indigenous communities to high-speed internet in Western Canada, including many parts of Alberta,” he said.

However, this merger has not yet been finalized. The Competition Bureau recently filed an application to stop the takeover of Shaw Communications Inc. by Rogers Communications Inc., saying the end result will result in reduced competition for consumers who will face higher prices and substandard service.

In Alberta, Shaw has deployed fiber-optic internet infrastructure, but Rogers does not and only offers wireless service options, Carreiro said.

Responding to a question about some people’s concerns about new wireless technology, he said: “The industry is federally regulated and we are working closely with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to ensure that every product and service we provide to Canadians meets rigorous safety standards. standards.”

According to the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, unsubstantiated claims about 5G stem largely from the technology’s use of radio frequency energy. Experts have studied radio frequency energy, which is used for cell phones, base stations, and other wireless services, for decades, the association says.

“Based on the available scientific evidence, there is no health risk associated with exposure to the low levels of radio frequency EMF (electromagnetic fields) people are exposed to from cell phones, cell phone towers , antennas and 5G devices,” says Health Canada.

But questions about the benefits of wireless technologies such as 5G over physical fiber-to-the-premises infrastructure; how bad weather could potentially affect signal strength and service; or why Rogers isn’t rolling out fiber to places like Sundre or Carstairs that aren’t that far away, went unanswered.

Rogers previously issued a press release in response to concerns raised about the proposed merger with Shaw and the potential impact on Canadian consumers in terms of reduced options in the marketplace, further eroding competition and driving up the costs.

“The Competition Bureau has stated that there must be a continuation of a vibrant and competitive wireless market. We agree, and to that end, we are in the process of divesting Shaw’s Freedom Wireless business in its entirety,” a company spokesperson said.

“We will continue to engage constructively with regulators to reach a resolution that will allow us to bring the benefits of the merger to Canadians as soon as possible, including accelerating the construction of rural networks, expanding the coverage of our combined network and fostering competition and choice in areas of the country that have only one provider today,” the statement continued.

“We also stand ready to defend the transaction before the Competition Tribunal and will file our formal response in due course.”

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