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Shaw picks up the phone

Sun, 02/13/2005 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Canadian MSO Shaw Communications has obtained the coveted "triple play" by launching IP-based voice services in Calgary.

Shaw is marketing the service-delivered via the CableLabs-specified PacketCable architecture—for $55 (Canadian) per month (about U.S. $44.50) when bundled with any other service from the MSO. Shaw is marketing it as a stand-alone service for $65 per month (about U.S. $52.60). Shaw expects to roll out the service to other markets in 2005.

"The triple-play of TV, Internet and telephone service has arrived in Western Canada," proclaimed company CEO Jim Shaw.

The service includes a residential line, unlimited long distance calling within Canada and the U.S., and traditional calling features such as voicemail, call display, call forwarding, three-way calling, call return, and call waiting. The service will also support E-911, directory and operator services.

Shaw marks the second Canadian cable operator to launch VoIP services. Videotron launched IP telephony last month. Eastlink Cable, meanwhile, has marketed a circuit-switched telephone offering for several years.

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