Shaw to trial 1-Gbps Internet service via FTTH

FEBRUARY 19, 2010 -- Matching Google’s planned data rates, Shaw Communications Inc. of Canada says it plans to trial 1-Gbps connections using fiber to the home (FTTH) technology.

FEBRUARY 19, 2010 -- Matching Google’s planned data rates, Shaw Communications Inc. of Canada says it plans to trial 1-Gbps connections using fiber to the home (FTTH) technology.

The cable MSO expects to launch the trial this April. The company has not divulged which FTTH technology it plans to use.

Shaw’s High-Speed Nitro Internet service -- offered in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver -- currently runs at 100 Mbps.

“This is game-changing technology,” said Peter Bissonnette, president of Shaw Communications. “We are on the leading edge of change with this trial -- bringing blazing speeds and new network capabilities that will give us a springboard for future possibilities. It’s really exciting to think how our customers could benefit from this technology.”

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