Digital Innovation Hubs / iPaaS Network Access

Digital Innovation Hub sites will provide open access to state-of-the-art 5G infrastructure and technology, allowing pre-commercial development, testing and demonstration of the newest products and services in addition to a collaborative environment to support the sharing of ideas, concepts, and innovation.

The three hub locations in Ontario (Communitech, Invest Ottawa and MaRS) will provide open access to the ENCQOR 5G Innovation Platform as a Service (iPaaS) network, enabling the development, testing and pre-commercial demonstration of the latest products and services.

ENCQOR 5G iPaaS network access will enable Ontario companies and academics to develop and test processes and products on this advanced network infrastructure at no cost.

Benefits to the Applicant:

  • Access three different 5G antennas (high, mid, and low bands)
  • Accelerate time to market by access to a pre-commercial 5G wireless environment with edge compute resources
  • Develop, prototype, test and demonstrate on a standards-based Innovation Platform as a Service (iPaaS) testbed
  • Connect with anchor partners, customers and ecosystem services

Ontario based companies or academics who are not seeking funding support and wish to access the iPaaS network must complete and submit the online iPaaS Access Request form, which includes a description of the applicant organization, technical needs and the proposed project.

Companies that wish to apply for funding for their project on the iPaaS network should apply via the 5G ENCQOR Demonstration Program.

  • Applicants must be an Ontario based company or academic institution
  • Applicants must be willing to execute the iPaaS Access agreement
Eligible Ontario based companies or academics can apply for access to the iPaaS testbed by completing the iPaaS Access Request form. Access requests can be submitted at any time.

iPaaS network access will be assessed by OCI for eligibility and will undergo a feasibility assessment by the ENCQOR Anchor Firms: Ciena Canada, Ericsson and Thales Canada.

Successful applicants will be notified and invited to complete the iPaaS access agreement before being onboarded to the iPaaS network.

Applicants will be required to complete a short outcomes survey at the end of their project.

For program-related inquiries, including assistance with applications, please contact your OCI Business Development Manager or:

John Chiappetta
Advanced Technology Platforms Lead