Ottawa is an established, internationally recognized center of excellence in wireless telecommunications technologies. Covering telecommunications, semiconductor, optical technologies and wireless systems, as well as converging opportunities with photonics, optics and life sciences, Ottawa has it all. The city has over 400 companies in the sector employing over 35,000 people. The talent pool in Ottawa is second to none with expertise in hardware, software, semiconductor and optics. Firms that own 74 per cent of the global optical telecom market have a presence in Ottawa.

Multinational Anchor Companies

The world’s largest wireless telecommunications network equipment companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Blackberry, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, and Huawei are developing their next generation products in Ottawa. All major technologies are represented–cellular, satellite and fixed wireless systems–all designed and manufactured here.

Ottawa Research and Development Facilities

Ottawa accounts for 90 per cent of Canada’s industrial telecommunications R&D. The city is home to 44 federal labs, and four post-secondary institutions with 2,300 faculty and 21,309 students enrolled in science and technology. Together, they undertake $342.7 million of sponsored research annually.


There are a number of federal and provincial incentives available to international companies as well as incentives that specifically assist Ottawa-based wireless and telecom companies, these include:

  • Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED)
  • Ontario Research and Development Tax Credit
  • Ontario Provincial Strategic Jobs and Investment Fund
  • Wavefront/IRAP
  • MiTACS
  • Eastern Ontario Development Fund
  • Ontario New Market Access Program
  • CANARIE DAIR Program

For details on these and other programs that may be available to your company contact the business development manager listed on the sidebar.

Industry Contact

Kelly Daize
Senior Business Development Manager
(613) 828-6274 ext. 286

Event of Interest

June 16-20, 2014
CommunicAsia 2014, Singapore


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Of Canada’s industrial telecommunications R&D is conducted in Ottawa.

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"Ottawa is a great city to work and play, it's a beautiful city that offers everything that anyone could want for a great quality of life."

− Leslie Klein, Ph.D., P.Eng., President and CEO, C-COM Satellite Systems

"Ottawa has the right mix of engineers, artists and interaction designers who understand the true value of a great user experience."

− Jason Flick, CEO, YouiLabs and Flick Software

"We believe that Infinera Ottawa has been able to assemble the best coherent optical engineering team in the industry, helping us deliver high capacity optical transport solutions that our customers are using to build the next generation Internet."

− Fred Kish, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Optical Integrated Circuit Group, Infinera Canada

"Ciena is committed to making Ottawa and Canada a focal centre for its global R&D operations, and to maintaining significant technology investment and principal R&D functions in Canada."

− Philippe Morin, Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, Ciena

"The Ottawa Development Centre is crucial to Cisco's global innovation strategy. The centre is home to a world-class team of engineers responsible for developing essential components that touch virtually every service provider and enterprise customer network in the world."

− Nitin Kawale, President, Cisco Canada

"Ottawa is, I would say, really the epicentre of BlackBerry 10 development. The hardware core, the radio and the software, the OS comes from QNX (a BlackBerry subsidiary), all the integration with the chipset -all that is done in Ottawa."

− Thorsten Heins, CEO, BlackBerry

"Ottawa has a complete, mature technology ecosystem from 30 years of telecom innovation, a desire to lead in green wireless areas, and a right-sized city for a great balance of work and home life."

− Michael McCallen, General Manager, JDSU

"The Canada Research Centre in Ottawa is not only helping Huawei strengthen our R&D capabilities, our team of Canadian innovators is helping lead our long-term global wireless roadmap. This research will help drive further investment into Canada, and ensure Huawei is an important contributor in the growth of Canada's digital economy."

− Sean Yang, President, Huawei Canada

"Ottawa has long been a nurturing ground for some of the world's brightest minds in telecommunications."

− Sean Yang, President, Huawei Canada

"We see the Ottawa R&D Centre playing a key role in the development of our Heterogeneous Network Strategy, developing small cell technology, as well as integrating Carrier Class WiFi capabilities as a part of that strategy."

− Mark Henderson, President and CEO, Ericsson Canada

"Alcatel-Lucent Ottawa is one of the major wireless product development sites in the company, and the Ottawa campus also houses key aspects of our Wireless ngConnect Program."

− David Ritonja, Vice President ISAM Product Unit North America, Alcatel-Lucent, Ottawa Research and Innovation Centre

"Ottawa has a strong heritage in software."

− Graeme Barlow, CEO, Rocket Owl

"There is a lot of opportunity in mobile – which is generating more talent and expertise in the city."

− Patrick White, Producer, Fuel Industries