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Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks - CENGN

$11.7 million for 2014-19
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Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks

Number of partners

Partner contributions
$13.9 million

Ottawa, Ontario

President and CEO
Ritch Dusome Ritch Dusome

Board chair
Mike Scott Mike Scott
Adjunct professor, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

Rebuilding Canada’s global leadership in ICT

The opportunity

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.

How CENGN is seizing the opportunity

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.

Among the results

  • In 2016, CENGN built and deployed the Smart Industry Innovation Infrastructure to execute proof-of-concepts and perform testing in the areas of 5G/Wireless, Smart City, cybersecurity and public safety.
  • CENGN launched its first call for commercialization projects and received more than 100 submissions from SMEs across Canada, including the “Integration of an Open-Source Software-Defined Router in the Cloud” project, where CENGN worked with Telus and Noviflow to deploy the Atrium SDN stack in CENGN’s OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure.
  • Thanks to its membership in Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), CENGN hosts Canada’s first OPNFV Pharos Test Lab and one of 12 in the world. The lab is used to test the OPNFV platform and develop next-generation network products and services.
  • CENGN has trained 216 students and industry employees in the Open Networking Foundation (ONF)’s SDN certification. Every year, CENGN places approximately 40 Canadian students in product management, marketing and engineering internships.

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New network infrastructure makes cities smarter
June 12, 2017
New network infrastructure designed to create smart cities is poised to open the door for dramatic improvements in the efficiency, cost and variety of municipal programs and services. Read more
Ottawa firms move bandwidth-on-demand closer to market
February 23, 2016
The Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) has helped two Ottawa high tech firms crack one of the biggest hurdles facing fibre optic networks—how to make them faster and more efficient while meeting the insatiable and often fluctuating demand created by the latest bandwidth-hungry applications. Read more
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CENGN Summit 2016
December 20, 2016
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December 9, 2016
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September 23, 2016
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September 22, 2016
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September 21, 2016
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Smart City Project
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