Ericsson came to Canada in 1953. Nine years later a contract was signed that meant that the company, named Ericsson Telephone Sales of Canada Ltd, was to deliver automatic routing stations for international long-distance calls. During the years that followed, automatic crossbar switches were sold to several Canadian companies.
As of 2010 there are more than 3000 employees at Ericsson Canada. With facilities located in Mississauga (Toronto), Town-of-Mount-Royal (Montreal), Kanata (Ottawa), and Burnaby (Vancouver). The main activities are sales and marketing, research and development, operations and support, software development, as well as managed services.
Some important dates:
1962 Contract signed with COTC, Teleglobe Canada, for delivery and installation of Automatic Gateway Exchanges of the Crossbar ARM type, used for international telephone and telex traffic in Montreal, Vancouver & Hawaii. When installed all Canadian telephone and telex traffic overseas and to South America is routed through Ericsson exchanges.
1977 LM Ericsson and the Swedish company Siewerts Kabelverk installed two 138-kilovolt, underwater power cables between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.
1978 The largest hands-free intercom system in Canada is installed in the Federal Government’s International Development Agency in Hull, Quebec.
1984 Ericsson signs a contract to deliver a national mobile telephone network for the AMPS-system to Rogers Cantel Inc.
1986 A R&D centre is established in Montreal for developing guidelines for the AMPS mobile telephone network.
1989 The Mobile Radio/Phone Group is acquired from General Electric.
1991 Ericsson delivers the world’s largest private radio system, EDACS (Ericsson Digital Access Communications System), to SaskTel. Since then EDACS has become the standard in Canada.
1992 Contract with Cantel is signed for Ericsson to provide new digital cellular technology, the first in North America (D-AMPS).
1992 Montreal mandated to develop software for the Mobile Switching Center based on the D-AMPS/AMPS worldwide cellular standard.
1995 Contract signed with Microcell Telecommunications Inc. to supply the first GSM based PCS system in Canada.
1997 Two production units are established in Montreal with the task of developing Wireless Intelligent Networks, Applications and Platforms, as well as Operations Support Systems on a global scale.
1997 Ericsson provides a $1,000,000 grant to the University of Waterloo to establish the Centre for Wireless Communication, Canada’s first academic program in wireless communications.
1998 A new production unit is opened in Montreal with world-wide responsibility for managing the Mobile Switching Centre. The same year Ericsson Canada enters a strategic alliance with Rogers Cantel to develop support solutions for the TDMA network. Ericsson invests 178 million Canadian dollars in R&D, placing the company seventh in the country.
1999 Ericsson Canada signs a contract with the City of London Police and Ottawa-Carleton Police for delivery of the EDACS security system.
1999 Opens a new $7 Million Integration Centre in Montreal for testing and developing next generation wireless systems.
1999 Changes it's name to Ericsson Canada Inc.