Shaw Communications deploys Fujitsu 1FINITY blades for fiber-optic network upgrade

Canadian cable MSO Shaw Communications, Inc. says it has completed the upgrade of its fiber-optic network using the 1FINITY optical transport platform line and Virtuora software from Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. Alongside enhancements to Shaw’s coaxial network, the fiber-optic network improvements will enable greater capacity and delivery of new broadband services.

Canadian cable MSO Shaw Communications, Inc. says it has completed the upgrade of its fiber-optic network using the 1FINITY optical transport platform line and Virtuora software from Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. Alongside enhancements to Shaw’s coaxial network (see "Shaw doubles web speeds based on DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades" on Lightwave sister site Broadband Technology Report), the fiber-optic network improvements will enable greater capacity and delivery of new broadband services.

Fujitsu Network Communications supplied its 1FINITY T310 Transport and 1FINITY L100 Lambda series blades, part of the company’s line of 1RU disaggregated optical transport systems. Shaw has paired these optical systems with Virtuora Network Control Solution software to enable enhanced control and network programmability, network planning and design, network management, and service fulfillment and assurance.

“Everything we do is driven by our customers, and we are committed to enhancing our network with new technologies to meet their growing need for connectivity,” said Damian Poltz, vice president, technology, strategy, and network at Shaw. “Fujitsu has helped make our network more agile and scalable, especially in urban areas — which will allow us to continue delivering a seamless connectivity experience.”

“Combining our technology with Shaw’s infrastructure has allowed us to enable a virtualized, programmable network with automated applications and faster service provisioning,” added Paul Fagan, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Fujitsu Network Communications.

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