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TELUS, CENGN, KNBA Partner to Launch 5G Innovation Zone in Kanata North

TELUS, CENGN, KNBA Partner to Launch 5G Innovation Zone in Kanata North

Jun 16, 2021

5G represents one of the most significant new advances in communications technologies to date and no other area in Canada has the combination of experience, talent and commitment to 5G, in complementary fields of software, data, computing, applications and other technologies, that Kanata North Technology Park has.

Today, Kanata North Business Association (KNBA), in partnership with TELUS and CENGN (Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks), are launching the 5G Innovation Zone in the Kanata North Technology Park.

As a long-time supporter of digital networking, we see the vast benefits of 5G across a variety of industries and are pleased that TELUS has chosen to bring their latest Innovation Zone to Kanata to further accelerate the growth of this industry for Canada. It is estimated that 5G will create 250,000 jobs and contribute $150 billion to Canada’s economy over the next 20 years.

The 5G Innovation Zone will provide innovators access to the surrounding technology ecosystem of more than 540 companies in the Kanata North Technology Park, including many Wesley Clover portfolio companies, to identify and prove technology-driven solutions for existing and new opportunities, such as:

  • Testing the 5G environment for real-world uses including autonomous vehicles, smart cities, medical technologies and many other trials in partnership with global technology leaders and a burgeoning ecosystem, including start-up accelerator L-SPARK and Alacrity Ottawa.
  • Developing and delivering state-of-the-art solutions that enable safer environments for connected workers through AR/VR-enabled technologies. Portfolio company ProntoForms, a global leader in field-focused low-code application platforms who enables businesses to build and deploy custom apps for disaster response and emergency management, is actively pursuing this opportunity.
  • Leveraging 5G and Teldio IoT sensors to drive new environmental, clean tech and smart building applications. Wesley Clover real-estate portfolio company KRP Properties operates 34 “green” commercial office buildings in Kanata North that provide more than 3.1 million square feet of Class A space to more than 200 tenant companies.

No doubt, 5G will transform industries and society as we know them, with many globally significant innovations born in the Kanata North Technology Park.


Wesley Clover invests in a range of technology companies, and they bring impressive innovation to markets and clients around the globe. I/O is our way of sharing some of the best insights. I trust you will enjoy them.

Terry Matthews, Chairman

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