Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, minister of innovation, science, and industry, announced the launch of the consultation on a policy and licensing framework for spectrum in the 3800 MHz band to support 5G and promote competition in wireless services. Licensing the 3800 MHz band will allow for the deployment of new technologies, which will lead to the creation of good jobs and new products and services for Canadians.

Read more: Government of Canada launches consultation for the 3800 MHz band spectrum

With its cool climate, geographical location, and abundant, affordable sources of energy, Québec is an ideal location for data centers. Greater Montréal, in particular, has quickly become a key hub for data centers and cloud services in North America, with the demand for cloud services causing the number of data centers in the province to rise from 50 to 39.

Read more: Québec attracts more data centers with renewable energy

The auction of spectrum licenses in the 3500 MHz band in Canada raised about CAD $8 billion. As per the results, small and regional providers have increased their spectrum assets by over 50% across the country.

Read more: Canada's spectrum auction ended 'high' with still 'low' competition