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Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks

CENGN, is an NCE (Networks of Centres of Excellence) funded CECR (Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research) organization that is made up of a consortium of its member organizations, including: Bell Canada, Cisco, EXFO, Invest Ottawa, Juniper Network, Mitel, Nokia, Ribbon Communications, Rogers, TELUS, and Wind River.

These competing organizations come together, putting aside their rivalry, and instead cooperate in CENGN’s vision to support commercialization in Canada – we call this: co-opetition. The goal of CENGN is to strategically fill the gaps identified in the Canadian telecommunications commercialization ecosystem – to ensure that Canadian small and medium enterprises (SMEs), start-ups, and researchers have access to industry guidance/knowledge and a multi-vendor open-platform for validation of their technologies and services.

This support is critical to SMEs looking to migrate innovation from the research phase to commercialization. No single consortium partner can deliver the functionality of CENGN. The strength and uniqueness of our approach comes from a combined contribution of CENGN’s talented team and its members, who contribute their expertise and equipment to lower the barrier to entry for Canadian SMEs.

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