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Adjunct professor, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
Telecommunications has been one of Canada’s greatest success stories for more than a century. Next generation networks, a $5 trillion market, present major opportunities for countries and companies that can move quickly. The industry is undergoing a fundamental change driven by the convergence of all content – voice, video, data and mobile – and the exponential growth of cloud-based applications. By 2020, there will be 50 billion smart connected devices. In order to meet the fluctuating demand for network bandwidth, future networks will need to be dynamic, using technology such as software defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). This transition is already underway, creating a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and researchers to develop new products, applications and services.
The Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) and its pan-Canadian consortium bring together the full supply chain of collaborators and competitors, including major equipment manufacturers, service providers, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and public and private research organizations. CENGN provides companies and academic researchers with access to the world’s first multi-vendor platform for testing and validating advanced products and applications, allowing them to collaborate on new network technologies and services. The centre provides services that include validation, certification, conformance, performance testing and training, as well as access to business support services, facilities, mentors and investors. CENGN is structured to create a “market pull” that is scalable, replicable and financially sustainable - a best practices model designed to accelerate the commercialization of next generation communications solutions.