BCE Inc. is expanding its 5G network into Atlantic Canada, with service launching in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Bell announced Tuesday the communities of Halifax, N.S., and St. John’s, Flatrock, Paradise, Portugal Cove, and Wabana, N.L., are now able to utilize its 5G services -- additionally claiming it is the first to offer 5G in Newfoundland and Labrador. The company said 5G is expected to be available in Fredericton, N.B., and Charlottetown, PEI, later this year and that its 5G service is “on track” to cover up to 70 per cent of the Canadian population by the end of 2021 as part of its accelerated capital investment plan. “The unmatched data speed, unprecedented bandwidth and super low latency offered by Bell 5G will enable millions of new business and consumer applications, opening up possibilities in virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning, IoT, connected vehicles and smart homes and cities,” the company said in its release. “5G's speed and efficiency in delivering data is also expected to have a significant positive environmental impact.” Through the accelerated capital investment plan, Bell plans to spend up to $1.7 billion over the next two years in addition to the $4 billion in capital it says it has typically invested in network expansion each year over the last decade. As of May 31, Bell said its 5G coverage is available to approximately 35 percent of the Canadian population.