Rogers Communications and Wavefront, a Vancouver-based hub for wireless commercialization and research, announced today the launch of the Rogers Wireless Innovation Centre. The Centre will help technology innovators develop products and bring them to market faster.
“We’re excited to work with Wavefront to leverage our world-class LTE technology to spur the development of innovative products and solutions for Canada, and Canadians,” said Gordon Nelson, Vice President, BC, Rogers. “Vancouver is a key growth market for Rogers which is why it was one of the first markets in Canada to experience the benefits of our LTE network. We look forward to seeing many more firsts come out of the Rogers Wireless Innovation Centre and helping Canadians understand how machine to machine and other wireless technologies can impact their company’s productivity and compete in a global market.”
“Our organizations will mutually benefit as innovation is key for each of us and working together with Rogers gives companies and entrepreneurs a chance to excel in this market and on the international stage,” said James Maynard, Wavefront President and CEO. “Innovation is in Rogers’ DNA. They are known leaders in M2M and their LTE network, the first in Canada and the only LTE network in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, is the true foundation for technology innovation.”
The Rogers Wireless Innovation Centre will showcase the capabilities of Canada’s first Long Term Evolution network along with the latest wireless innovations and technologies, including machine to machine solutions for customers and application developers.
Rogers and Wavefront are also working together on the Rogers Wavefront Innovation Mentorship program. This national initiative will pair early-stage wireless technology companies from across Canada with experienced technology and business professionals from Rogers and Wavefront.
The Innovation Centre is scheduled to open this spring in Vancouver. The mentorship program will also launch in the spring.