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Shaw to test 1Gbps fiber in Canada

updated 11:10 am EST, Thu February 18, 2010

Shaw first in Canada with 1Gbps Internet trial

Canadian cable provider Shaw is set to introduce gigabit Internet to its customers on a trial basis, the ISP said. This will be the first Canadian implementation of the high-speed technology, which promises to bring data transfer speeds that are 10 times faster than Shaw's current 100Mbps High-Speed Nitro Internet service offered only in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The 1,000Mbps service will be delivered to homes over a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connection.

The trial is expected to begin in April, though will likely be limited to customers in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver at most, at least initially. Prices for the service are unknown at this time. It is expected to be higher than the $159 CAD ($152) High-Speed Nitro service, however.

Its strategy mirrors a similar approach being promoted by Google, although the latter's is considered mostly experimental and is waiting on companies and organizations to help. Shaw's trial should be the first of its sort in North America.

by MacNN Staff



  1. LunarMoon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Portugal offering 1GBPS for 6 months but...

    Portugal is offering 1GBPS to anyone since september 2009.

    The only problem is that it costs around $360 per month!

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I want higher upload speeds. I rather have a 20 Down 20 Up connection then a 100 down and 2 up.

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where Can I get Some of That?

    About 5 years ago I was feeling only mildly envious of the ~50Mbit speeds Koreans were getting compared to my 6Mbit DSL in Northern California.

    Now they're testing 1Gbit in Canada, and I've got... 6Mbit. It's not expensive, but it's also the fastest available here and in a lot of other non-metropolitan areas of the US.

    I'd be jump up and down excited about 20Mbit if I could actually GET it. But, hey, no competition = no improvement.

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