Canadian Operators and the Changing Role of MNOs in the Connected Age

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1Q 2019 | IN-5434


Beyond Connectivity


In February 2019, the City of Markham in Ontario, Canada announced the launch of its Smart City Accelerator Research Program in partnership with Bell. Leveraging Bell’s Smart City platform, the City of Markham aims to monitor its infrastructure through applications such as asset tracking, leak detections, weather monitoring, and energy management. Data generated and collected by these applications will then be utilized to drive efficiency improvements and produce environmental studies. The partnership follows on the heels of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, which offered prizes of up to US$38 million to cities that implemented new and innovative smart city solutions that leveraged connected technology.

Bell’s decision to partner with local governments and provide vertical-specific value-added solutions is part of its larger strategic decision to move beyond the traditional role of a mobile network operator. Operators like Bell, TELUS, and Rogers in Canada have met the challenges of this emerging opportunity by focusing on their core competencies and partnerin…

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