Canada’s 5G stalls in face of pandemic

Bell Canada said it was ready to launch, but that it was not the ‘right time’ to do so

2020 was supposed to be the year of 5G for Canada, but the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a significant spanner in the works.

Bell Canada has announced that its initial 5G network is ready to be switched on, but have deemed the ongoing pandemic as the wrong time to do so.

“Frankly we don’t think that it’s the right time right now to officially launch it for marketing purposes,” explained BCE CEO Mirko Bibic in the company’s quarterly conference call. “I just don’t think that customers are paying attention to this right now and that’s not what is top of mind for our customer base. They have other priorities understandably.”

The economic impact of the coronavirus, which stunning national economies around the world, is sure to have played a part in this decision.

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