Rogers-UBC Partnership: Canada’s First 5G Network

ICICS is the Relationship Manager for a multi-million dollar partnership between Rogers and UBC to build a real-world 5G Hub on the UBC-Vancouver campus, as a “living lab” testbed for 5G innovation. The 5G Hub comprises 9 macro cell sites on 3 campus buildings, with antennae, remote radio units, and base stations. The first round of research projects funded by this partnership are:

  1. Campus as a Wireless Living Lab: Integrating 5G Wireless into UBC’s Clean, Connected and Safe Transportation Testbed
  2. Interference Mitigation in 5G Networks
  3. Network Parameter Optimization and User Mobility Pattern Forecasting in Wireless Networks
  4. Pricing and Resource Allocation in Edge Computing
  5. Wireless Network Testbed for Network Slicing
  6. 5G Infrastructure to Enhance Urban Mobility and Safety
  7. Earthquake Early Warning System over 5G
  8. 5G-enabled Digital Mine
  9. Immersive AR/VR Video

Second-Round Projects

A second round of projects is starting in Fall 2020 based on proposals emerging from several “foundry model” workshops. In these workshops, over 30 interested researchers from across UBC and Rogers staff identified problem statements that led to proposals submitted by multidisciplinary groups. The focus is on using operational data from UBC infrastructure to address sustainability challenges faced by modern cities, with societal impact as a primary criterion.

Student Codeathons

ICICS hosted student codeathons tackling problems of interest to Rogers and their industry partners, and that required 5G solutions. These included:

  1. Multi-access Edge Computing Codeathon (October 2019) with Rogers, Ericsson and MobiledgeX. Computer Science and Engineering students worked on use-cases using MobiledgeX libraries for gaming and facial recognition app development.
  2. Smart Cities Ideation Challenge (March 2020—virtual) with Rogers, Blue City Technology and Microsoft. Engineering, urban planning, and business students tackled urban issues identified by Kelowna. One of the student team solutions led to a pilot project in Kelowna.

Research Seminar

Highlights of the partnership were presented at a 2-day online research seminar held in June 2020 with 600 attendees.