Shaw Preps 1-Gig Jig
Similar to the aims of Google's project, Shaw's will look to "support new and emerging Internet applications that require faster download speeds." (See Shaw Sets Own Gigabit Trial.)
Shaw, which already delivers 100-Mbit/s Docsis 3.0 services in Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver, didn't say where that trial will take place or how many homes the pilot will involve (Shaw has about 1.7 million Internet customers). Google's shooting for trials reaching 50,000 to 500,000. (See Shaw Maxing Out on 100-Meg.)
The operator, which has about 1.7 million Internet customers, also didn’t say specifically how it intends to hit the 1-Gig mark, but Shaw president Peter Bissonnette promised in a statement that it will involve "game-changing technology."
We've asked Shaw for a bit more detail on what it has in mind here, but perhaps this effort will give us a first glimpse at what Docsis 4.0 (or whatever succeeds Docsis 3.0) might look like. (See Docsis 4.0 and The Ultimate Cable Modem .)
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable