Shaw and Cisco announced today an agreement to deploy an extensive and advanced wifi network in Western Canada.
The broadband wireless network will be available to Shaw customers. The network will allow Shaw customers to connect Wi-Fi enabled devices like tablets, mobile phones and computers to thousands of wifi access points in Shaw's communities.
Data usage and the demand for connectivity continue to increase: according to Cisco's Visual Networking Index Forecast , there will be nearly 15 billion network connections by 2015.
"Canadians' use of smart phones and tablet devices has grown exponentially over the years and more than ever, consumers are relying on Wi-Fi to explore the Internet, connect with loved ones and enjoy entertainment," said Peter Bissonnette, President, Shaw Communications Inc. "Thanks to our collaboration with Cisco, Shaw's Wi-Fi network will allow us to become the first service provider in Canada to deliver our secure, reliable and incredibly fast Internet in thousands of locations."
"Shaw's investment in a true next-generation Internet network will enable it to drive exciting new communication and entertainment services, which will create new revenue streams for the company," said Kelly Ahuja, Senior Vice President, General Manager and Chief Architect, Service Provider Group, Cisco. "Cisco's technology paired with Shaw's pioneering vision elevates the status of Wi-Fi as a trusted wireless technology on a par with cellular radio access networks. Shaw customers will have the benefit of accessing data on a pervasive Wi-Fi network, ensuring a high-quality mobile user experience."
The Shaw wifi network is set to begin deployment in late 2011, with a customer launch in Spring 2012.