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Government of Canada, Ericsson announce CA$470 million investment for 5G, 6G R&D

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Ericsson, a provider of technology and services, and the Government of Canada have announced a five-year investment partnership worth more than CAD 470 million.

The agreement will support Ericsson’s 5G Advanced, 6G, AI, cloud RAN and core network research and development in Ottawa and Montreal and create new jobs for Canadians, the company says.

At a recent investment announcement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was joined by François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry; Jeanette Irekvist, President of Ericsson Canada; and Mark Sutcliffe, Mayor of the City of Ottawa.

“Canadians deserve strong, secure, and reliable wireless networks and services,” says Champagne. “By investing in Ericsson Canada, our government continues to support and strengthen the 5G networks of today and 6G networks of the future.”

Ericsson is celebrating 70 years in Canada this year, with a focus on expanding its R&D center. Ericsson says the project will strengthen Canada’s position as a technology leader.

“We are already seeing the benefits of next-generation technologies such as 5G and AI, yet we are still in the early days of their potential to transform our work, leisure, and social lives,” says Börje Ekholm, the president and CEO of Ericsson. “Ericsson’s R&D investment partnership with the Canadian government, supported by the world-class talent in Ottawa and Montreal, will boost innovation and ultimately help to improve the lives of millions of people.”

The investment will create 60 new internships for students, mainly based at the two R&D centers each year, a total of 300 over five years. The Ottawa center occupies 25,000 square meters, of which more than 4,300 square meters are dedicated to lab operations, housing the Ericsson Open Lab.

According to the Government of Canada, support for R&D will help to make its economy more robust. Trudeau says that investing in research and innovation creates good jobs and ensures Canada remains a global leader in technology.

Ericsson Canada has offices in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. It spends an average of CAD 345 million annually on research and development. Ericsson Canada has also partnered in the national ecosystem network to encourage 5G adoption and collaboration in Canada.

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