Bell joins Ottawa-based telecom consortium CENGN

Network

One of Canada’s telecom heavyweights has joined a local industry organization aimed at developing the next generation of networking technologies.

Bell is the newest member of Ottawa-based CENGN, a consortium comprised of Invest Ottawa, Mitel, Cisco, Nokia and other multinational firms.

CENGN aims to facilitate the commercialization of next-generation networks such as 5G connectivity as well as provide guidance and access to infrastructure to small and medium enterprises in an effort to fill gaps in Canada’s telecom market.

With some of its members competing against one another in the marketplace – Bell rival Rogers, for example, is also part of the consortium – CENGN provides its multinational partners a forum for what CEO Ritch Dusome calls “co-opetition.” It’s a place where they can get together to put their rivalries aside, discuss ideas and provide input on developing network innovations, but compete again when they leave the room.

The latest partnership will focus on CENGN’s lab infrastructure as well as network functions virtualization and software-defined networking engineering capabilities while tapping into Bell’s expertise in broadband fibre and wireless networks.