Where Is 5G Available in Canada? (Updated for 2021)

5G arrived in 2020

Canada has joined many other countries in releasing a 5G network. While a speedy rollout depends on a number of factors including the company providing the network, we know of a few that have live networks.

5G brings tremendously faster speeds than 4G so that you can access the internet quicker. Faster internet access improves a number of industries and lets you do things like download files more quickly and watch movies and play video games with virtually no delay.

If you don't live in Canada, you might still have a 5G network available where you are; see Where Is 5G Available in the US? and 5G Availability Around the Word. Also check out the latest 5G news and updates to stay current with how its developing day by day.

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5G Rollout in Canada

There are multiple 5G networks available for use right now in Canada that customers can purchase and use like they can 4G. Others are actively working to bring test networks to the country and prepare for a commercial mobile 5G launch.

Telus is one company releasing 5G in Canada. In June 2020, they began rolling out the network in Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto, and added additional cities thereafter.

Rogers Communications is another. They began rolling out their first 5G network in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal in January 2020, added dozens of other locations by Fall 2020 and 10 more in early 2021—the current count is over 700 communities (here's the map). The full benefits of the network can be taken advantage of with a 5G phone; see their phone offerings for your options.

Customers with a Bell 5G phone can access 5G, too. Use their coverage map to see where in Vancouver, Manitoba, Ontario, etc., you can get 5G service. Expansion is ongoing.

TeraGo is another 5G player. In early 2020, they began a 5G fixed wireless trial using equipment from Nokia. They said in early 2021 that their 5G FWA trials in the Greater Toronto Area advanced to allow speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps.

Late 2020 saw Videotron light up its new network. They said it would start in Montreal before continuing elsewhere in Quebec.

In April 2021, SaskTel announced a $55 million investment in Saskatchewan throughout 2021 and 2022 to launch 5G.

Xplornet, in September 2021, launched Canada's first rural 5G standalone network with fixed wireless access. Service began in New Brunswick and will, according to the company, expand to 250 additional communities across the country throughout 2022.

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