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.