Xplornet to spend $500 million to broaden 5G access in rural Canada

Poor internet access and speed in rural Canada is a major hurdle for many business owners, farmers included. To address this infrastructure shortcoming, Xplornet has announced its plan to spend $500 million over the next five years to boost 5G wireless access to those who don’t live in a city.

“We have made unprecedented investments in our broadband network to offer more services to our customers. Later this year, Xplornet will double the speeds we are able to offer customers to 50 Mbps,” says president and CEO, Allison Lenehan. “Then, we will fulfill our bold promise to offer 100 Mbps speeds to rural Canadians by the end of 2020.”

The money will be spent to  deploy state-of-the-art hybrid fibre wireless technology that will be capable of delivering speeds of at least 1Gbps, according to a press release.The company says the plan will also make effective use of the company’s licensed 3500 MHz spectrum to provide strong wireless service.

“Xplornet is grateful to the Government of Canada for their continued support for rural broadband,” Lenehan added. “These measures, combined with a significant capital investment unprecedented in our company’s history, will deliver 5G services to rural Canadians on the same timeline as in Canada’s largest cities.”

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