Ericsson, Government of Canada Engages Quantum in $470 Million (CAD) R&D Investment.
- Ericsson and a CAD 470 million five-year research and development partnership from the Canadian government will include support for quantum computing.
- The investment, at Ericsson’s Ottawa, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec, facilities is expected to create and enhance hundreds of jobs.
- Image: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ericsson President and CEO, Börje Ekholm, share greetings at the investment announcement. (Credit: Ericsson)
PRESS RELEASE — A five-year, more than CAD 470 million R&D partnership between Ericsson and the Government of Canada will put the country at the forefront of global development in next-generation communications technologies. The investment, at Ericsson’s Ottawa, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec facilities, is expected to create and enhance hundreds of jobs – solidifying the site as a global leader in 5G Advanced, 6G, AI, Cloud RAN, and Core Network technologies.
The investment will also support the expansion of research facilities and staff support for quantum computing at The newly established Ericsson Quantum Research Center in Montreal.
Rt. Darling. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, said: “Today’s announcement is further proof that Canadian workers have the talent the world needs to develop faster and more secure internet connections and other wireless services. As we continue to support innovation, we create good jobs, strengthen the middle class and ensure Canada remains a global leader in technology.”
Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson, said: “We are already seeing the benefits of next-generation technologies such as 5G and AI, but we are still in the early days of their potential to transform our work, leisure and social life. . Ericsson’s R&D investment partnership with the Canadian government, supported by world-class talent in Ottawa and Montreal, will enhance innovation and ultimately help improve the lives of millions of people. We are determined to lead our industry through continuous R&D investments.”
Your Honour. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada, said: “Canadians deserve strong, secure and reliable wireless networks and services. By investing in Ericsson Canada, our government continues to support and strengthen its current 5G network and future 6G network. This partnership also further establishes Canada as a global leader in next-generation networks and creates more and better paying jobs.”
Jeanette Irekvist, President of Ericsson Canada, said: “Ericsson is proud to celebrate 70 years of innovation and operations in Canada this year. Today, we demonstrated our ongoing commitment to Canada with this high-tech R&D investment announcement. The benefits of this project will strengthen Canada’s unbeatable technology expertise, will strengthen Ericsson’s world-class R&D center, and is testament to the concentration of talent here in the Ottawa region and in Montreal.”
Mark Sutcliffe, Mayor, City of Ottawa, said: “I am delighted with Ericsson’s new investment in the Ottawa R&D centre, a perfect fit for a city deeply rooted in innovative technologies and the experts who create them. Supporting Research and Development centers like these helps make our economy stronger. When we invest in research and innovation, we invest in the success of our residents and the modernization of our cities.”
This new investment will also enable Ericsson Canada to accept up to 60 additional internships per year – 300 over a five year period – to enhance sustainable academic partnerships. Most of these students will be based in the Montreal and Ottawa R&D centers.
Already Ericsson’s premier R&D facility in North America, the Ottawa site occupies 25,000 m2 – of which more than 4,300 m2 is dedicated exclusively to laboratory operations, including the newly established Ericsson Open Labs.
70 Years connecting Canada
Ericsson Canada has played a key role in the country’s innovation ecosystem for 70 years, including supporting communications service providers through each generation of mobile communications. Ericsson Canada is also a partner in a national ecosystem network aimed at driving 5G adoption and collaboration in Canada.
Ericsson Canada has R&D centers and offices in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto and is one of the country’s leading R&D shoppers – averaging around CAD 345 million annually.