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Shaw Scraps LTE Network Plans
Will Instead Focus on Wi-Fi Network
by Karl Bode 02:38PM Thursday Sep 01 2011
While Canadian operator Rogers prepares to launch its speedy new LTE network in Toronto, Canadian cable company Shaw is backing away from their own wireless plans. Just a few months ago Shaw was insisting they'd spend $100 million this year to build an LTE network, which they'd start offering commercially later this year. Today however Shaw announced they were scrapping their wireless build plans, citing the high cost of entry and the number of wireless companies already in the game. Instead, Shaw will follow Cablevision's lead, offering a Wi-Fi network to users in order "to extend their Shaw services beyond the home. This will achieve our objectives without risking well over $1 billion in capital expenditures on a traditional wireless network build," says the company.

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pfak
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Vancouver, BC

Maybe they've struck a deal?

I wouldn't put it past Shaw to announce that they've struck a deal with Rogers in half a year or a year to share a network with them.

Kind of like how TELUS and Bell have buddied up with their new HSDPA deployment.
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hottboiinnc
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Cleveland, OH

Re: Maybe they've struck a deal?

would be smart of them. and then use their wifi network to offload the data from the cell networks.
ShawTim

join:2011-09-01
Calgary, AB

Re: Maybe they've struck a deal?

Hi all,

I'm a leader here at Shaw and can say that as we extend our industry leading broadband experience to where people want to use their Wi-Fi enabled devices our primary focus will be offloading our customers' cellular data onto our network with speeds capable of exceeding 4g "real world" throughput. Wi-Fi is definitely becoming a strategy for mobile carriers worldwide and we've got it on our radar.
hottboiinnc
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Cleveland, OH

Re: Maybe they've struck a deal?

and that's just what i said.

pfak
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Vancouver, BC
A failing strategy. WiFi is an unlicensed spectrum, with far too much interference and hasn't been profitable anywhere.
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34764170

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Etobicoke, ON
said by pfak:

Kind of like how TELUS and Bell have buddied up with their new HSDPA deployment.

Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility were partners in network build out many years before the HSPA network build out.
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smell the air

it's doubtful the cable industry wants to enter the cell industry now that at&t took a big dump in front of the DOJ and the fan is blowing! if you wanna get an idea what it would look like..

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqyin8V0odI
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Re: smell the air

Shaw is NOT a US company. It's Canadain. And 2nd the T and TMO deal could go through. As far as it being T being the parent company of ATT Mobility they could use the 2 seprate company brands to pass the merger- the same as VZ and VZW (actually Cellco Partnership). And you must forget who provides call records do NSA- ATT, they'll get what they want or NSA won't be getting their information.
ShawTim

join:2011-09-01
Calgary, AB

Mobile Data Offloading solutions

Hi all,

I'm a leader here at Shaw and can say that as we extend our industry leading broadband experience to where people want to use their Wi-Fi enabled devices our primary focus will be offloading our customers' cellular data onto our network with speeds capable of exceeding 4g "real world" throughput. Wi-Fi is definitely becoming a strategy for mobile carriers worldwide and we've got it on our radar.