Ottawa is an established centre of excellence and Canada’s 5G Leader
Today, 90% of Canada’s industrial telecommunications research takes place in Ottawa making us a global leader in developing the future of communication networks. Here you will find North America’s only pure play optical fabrication centre and several other government labs at the forefront of telecom research, including the Communications Research Centre (CRC), the Canadian Space Agency’s David Florida Laboratory, and the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).
Industry leaders Nokia and Ericsson have engineering and R&D labs in our city and these global leaders are also leveraging 5G connectivity at Area X.O, a state-of-the-art facility which offers a safe and secure environment to create, test and demonstrate future mobility, autonomy and connected technologies. Ottawa is also home to one of five sites in Quebec and Ontario taking part in ENCQOR, a public-private partnership for 5G research and innovation.
Why Ottawa is the ideal location for communications technology and network leaders:
- Ottawa has the highest concentration of tech talent (as a percentage of a city’s total employment) in North America at 11.6 percent – ahead of San Francisco at 10.9 percent. (CBRE Tech Talent 2021)
- 90 percent of Canada’s industrial telecommunications R&D takes place in Ottawa
- Home to 65 federal research labs, including the Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre
- Home to Area X.O, the first integrated V2X test facility of its kind in North America
- Anchored by BlackBerry QNX, Ottawa’s smart mobility cluster includes more than 100 companies
- Ottawa receives the highest percentage of federal R&D expenditures in science and technology
- Local start-ups like Cheetah Networks, Ranovus, and ThinkRF are spearheading 5G innovation, next-generation networks and communications that will revolutionize the future