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Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks officially launches

New CECR will respond to fundamental changes in the information and communications technologies (ICT) sector

David Ritonja and Ritch Dusome

David Ritonja and Ritch Dusome

The Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) celebrated its This link will take you to another Web site official launch on November 6, 2014 in Ottawa. The centre was recently awarded $11.7 million from the NCE’s Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research program.

Our Government is investing in the research-business partnerships that move ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace. As a new Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR), CENGN will support and match Canadian entrepreneurs with new, promising, globally competitive information and communication technologies that will create high-quality jobs and economic growth in Ottawa and Canada.

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

Information and communications technologies are traditional areas of research and business strength for Canada. CENGN has set an ambitious goal of gaining back some of the territory Canada has lost in the telecommunications industry. The centre has the right elements for success and the drive to make this idea work.

Janet Walden, Chief Operating Officer of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.


CENGN will ensure Canadian firms take a leading role in responding to the rapid and fundamental changes in information and communications technologies (ICT), including the growing demand for content on multiple platforms, the use of cloud-based applications and the emergence of the “Internet of Things”, with its vast number of connected devices. The centre will bring together partners that represent every link in the innovation supply chain, removing barriers to commercialization by providing access to a world class facility for validating advanced products, applications and services. To accelerate product development and enhance Canada's reputation as an R&D destination, the centre will provide firms with market advantages that include accelerated product research and introduction, and reduced product development times and costs. CENGN will also promote the development of cloud-based services in strategic areas such as healthcare, energy, education, financial services and the environment.


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