Shaw Preps 1-Gig Jig

11:30 AM -- Perhaps looking to steal some thunder from Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s offer to create fiber-fed, 1-Gbit/s test beds with some municipal partners, Canadian MSO Shaw Communications Inc. announced this week that it will blast out such lofty speeds in a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) trial set to launch in April. (See Google's Gigabit Fiber Fantasy, Google's Pointy Stick , and Google Jumps Into Gigabit FTTH.)

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

Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 4:42:27 PM
re: Shaw Preps 1-Gig Jig

Any relation to Harold Bissonette? (pron. Bisso-NAY)

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:42:26 PM
re: Shaw Preps 1-Gig Jig

Given that Shaw's trial is starting up in April, it's obviously been noodling this for some time, though the timing is curiously close to Google's announcement.

Shaw hasn't addressed this week's announcement in any more detail yet, but the MSO told CED's Mike Robuck recently that it's been developing some work around PON and the RF over Glass (RFoG) platform, so that's as good a tech candidate as any for the project Shaw's conceiving here. JB

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