Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Québec and Ontario for Research and Innovation
ENCQOR (Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Québec and Ontario for Research and Innovation) is a transformational Canada-Québec-Ontario partnership focused on research and innovation in the field of 5G disruptive technologies, on adoption initiatives and system uses. ENCQOR establishes the first Canadian pre-commercial corridor of 5G digital infrastructure — the key to making the digital economy a reality. ENCQOR’s five-year strategy and unique focus on providing access to 5G networks to SMEs, researchers and academia means it is purpose-built not just for unlocking the technological promise of 5G in the near term, but for driving long-term economic growth in Québec and Ontario and in the broader Canadian innovation ecosystem.
The ENCQOR project is spearheaded by five world-class digital technology companies — Ericsson, Ciena, Thales, IBM Canada and CGI — and brings together industry, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the public sector, centres for innovation, and universities.
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THE VALUE OF THE 5G INNOVATION PLATFORM AS A SERVICE (iPaaS) Testbed
ENCQOR is building a 5G wireless testbed to enable small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to get early access to a state-of-the-art 5G development platform for prototyping new products and services. Québec innovation hubs are now open and Ontario innovation hubs will be open soon.
With potential speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, increased network capacity and ultra-low latencies of milliseconds, 5G will be critical to delivering a whole new generation of products and services to the marketplace, including connected and autonomous vehicles, remote healthcare, virtual/augmented reality, smart cities, and new Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
ENCQOR 5G Digital Innovation Hubs are vital to SMEs because they enable them to:
- Accelerate their time to market by providing access to the Innovation Platform as a Service (iPaaS) testbed, an operational, pre-commercial 5G wireless testbed
- Develop, prototype, test and demonstrate new products and services on a standards-based 5G iPaaS testbed
- Connect with anchor partners, customers and customized ecosystem and business services
This includes support for enhanced mobile broadband, low latency for mission-critical machine-type communication and massive machine-type communications for the Internet of Things (IoT). SMEs accessing the ENCQOR 5G iPaaS testbed to build their products and services will be among the first to scale and commercialize 5G-enabled solutions, giving them a considerable first-to-market advantage in the global economy.
ENCQOR has the potential to be a central pillar of the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda. Through the collaboration of industry partners, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), governments, and academia, ENCQOR will support economic growth, the creation of high-quality jobs and enhance Canada’s global competitiveness for the benefit of all Canadians.
ENCQOR is a tool for accelerating the transition to the digital economy and will strengthen the competitiveness of Canada, Québec and Ontario in the global economy by affecting:
Creating an ecosystem that is a magnet for talent, both domestic and international
Providing a platform where small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can test ideas and technology, and improve their ability to scale up
Encouraging the adoption of emerging technologies (artificial intelligence, natural language processing, 5G) across all economic sectors