5G Leadership

Ensuring Canada’s Leadership in 5G Innovation

5G is the next frontier of innovation for the entire mobile industry, and most believe the technology will revolutionize not only the way we communicate, but serve as the platform for “the internet of things”. Since announcing a commitment to developing 5G in 2009, Huawei has emerged as a global leader of essential 5G technologies and innovations.

Our Canada Research Centre in Ottawa is the central location for Huawei’s Research & Development efforts in advanced communications in Canada – including 5G. To support this research, we’re collaborating with a number of Canadian Universities on 5G related research projects.

Over the past 4 years, Huawei has contributed more than $2M to research conducted by Canadian universities. We recently announced plans to invest an additional $1.5M annually over the next 5 years for research and innovation in advanced communications technologies, while expanding our Canadian R&D operations.

Huawei predicts that the first 5G networks will be ready for commercial deployment starting in 2020 and will deliver peak data rates of over 10Gbps – 100 times faster than today’s 4G networks. We also recognize that 5G success depends on the innovation of the entire ICT ecosystem on a global basis. That’s why we believe our investments in 5G in Canada will help to further support the broader research efforts taking place across the country, to ensure Canada is both a leader and early-adopter of this transformative technology.


On Wednesday November 13th, 2013, Huawei Canada hosted its first 5G@CANADA Roundtable discussion in Ottawa. This one day event touched on several different 5G related topics including long term vision and requirements, key technology drivers, innovation and societal benefits.

Speakers included:

  • Dr. Alberto Leon-Garcia, University of Toronto
  • Bruce Lazenby, President & CEO Invest Ottawa
  • Dr. Professor Rahim Tafazolli, University of Surrey
  • Barrie Kirk, Executive Director, Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence
  • Dr. Professor Theodore Rappaport, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Dr. Ivo Maljevic, Telus
  • Hélène Joncas, VP Business Development, Wavefront Central & Eastern Region

How will 5G change our world?

Dr. Wen Tong, Huawei Fellow

Dr. Rahim Tafazolli

Panel Session #1-Technology Prospects for the Future of Wireless

Panel Session #2 – Future Impact of 5G on local technology ecosystems…