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Shaw signs Wi-Fi deal with city

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:52pm
Mike Robuck

Shaw Communications has inked a five-year deal with the British Columbia city of Pentiction to provide its residents with its Wi-Fi service.

Pentiction’s council agreed to a non-exclusive deal with Shaw, which will see the Shaw Go WiFi service made publicly available in key city locations, including several city parks and other high-traffic locations.

“This Wi-Fi agreement will increase Penticton's link to the world, fostering more local innovation and economic opportunity," said mayor Garry Litke. "People on the go want to enjoy convenient connection to the Internet with their wireless-enabled devices throughout the City. They asked and we have delivered."

The public Wi-Fi network was identified in the downtown plan among the top priorities of Penticton residents and businesses for creating economic activity. Consultation sessions in 2012 about what people wanted during the Downtown Penticton revitalization process reported wireless Internet as a high priority.

"We are excited to bring Shaw Go WiFi service to Penticton in some of the city's most popular facilities," said Ron McKenzie, vice president, operations, Shaw Communications Inc. "Extending Canada's largest Wi-Fi network to Penticton will offer Shaw customers even greater connectivity and access to their favorite content through a fast and seamless broadband experience."

Shaw said it has more than 35,000 hotspots across the nation. Three years ago Shaw scrapped its plan to build an advanced LTE network to instead focus on Wi-Fi services for its business and residential customers.  

Shaw previously announced it was using gear from Cisco for its Wi-Fi build out across Western Canada. 

 

 

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