McMaster University 5G private network for IIoT research

  • November 10, 2021
  • William Payne

Canada’s McMaster University has deployed a 5G millimetre wave private network for research. It is claimed as the first 5G private network to be deployed at a university. McMaster is working with Canadian service provider TeraGo. The two organisations plan to develop technologies for advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 in Canada.

A 5G millimetre wave private network provides speeds and latency suitable for machine learning, augmented reality, remote automation, and edge computing.

“It is a privilege to partner with one of the most renowned research institutions in the world as we look to jointly bring technologies to advance Canadian enterprises,” said TeraGo Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer Blake Wetzel. “As society rides the revolutionary wave of Industry 4.0 in real time, we intend to further accelerate it by leveraging advanced manufacturing and logistics through a 5G millimetre wave private network. The beauty of the work we will be doing is that it solves real life, business, and societal problems which will make it appealing to both the Canadian Government and corporate enterprises. This current project is just the beginning of the partnership between TeraGo and McMaster University, and I very much look forward to the additional synergies that we’re able jointly collaborate on.”

John Preston, Associate Dean, Research, Innovation and External Relations at McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering said: “We have been engaged with TeraGo for some time, building a mutual understanding of both the immediate opportunities and the long-term goals of our partnership. At McMaster University, seeing the innovation process all the way to the end user’s benefit is a core competency that we embrace, and this partnership perfectly embodies just that. With TeraGo’s coveted millimetre wave spectrum, combined with the enthusiasm, creativity and expertise of our research team, we are confident that robust technologies addressing real world problems will emerge from this foundational partnership with TeraGo as well as the additional strategic partners that join in the future.”