Earlier this month, Shaw announced that it would not launch a wireless network as originally planned. It decided instead to deploy a managed Wi-Fi network. Today it announced an agreement with Cisco to deploy this network across communities it services.
“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 will use Cisco’s Service Provider Wi-Fi to “offer scalable mobile Internet access that until now consumers could only get through a cellular network.” Its coverage will include sporting venues and transit systems.
Shaw will begin deploying its Wi-Fi network in late 2011 with a customer launch to follow in Spring 2012.