Canadian Internet provider testing ultra-fast speeds

Canadian Internet service provider Shaw, said it will be testing out a new ultra-fast broadband connection, with download speeds up to one gigabit per second (1Gbps).  These speeds will be 10 times faster than the fastest connection Canada has to offer, and approximately 100 times faster than most Canadians currently have, says the CBC.

Shaw Communication Inc. president, Peter Bissonnette, said "We are on the leading edge of change with this trial - bringing blazing speeds and new network capabilities that will give us a springboard for future possibilities."

Shaw currently offers a 100Mbps download speed, 5Mbps upload with 400GB monthly data transfer for $149 a month in select provinces and areas.  Japan offers a 160Mbps connection for roughly $60 a month, while Europe offers speeds up to 120Mbps for roughly $100 a month.

Shaw offers similar pricing to what is offered in the United States.  Recently, both Canada and the United States have been criticized for their lack of competition in broadband, compared to other countries, resulting in slower speeds for consumers.  Europe and Asia offer an open-access policy, where service providers share infrastructure.

The United States is currently ranked 13 out of 30 countries in terms of Internet speed, while Canada is ranked much lower at 22nd, in a recent Internet broadband survey conducted by Harvard University.

Google announced it’s own plan to offer a fiber-optic connection that will offer 1Gbps to consumers; Canadian restrictions prevent Google from offering a similar service in Canada.

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we allready have that here in portugal since September from the last year.
its 1GB/1GB no limits. you can see it here http://www.zon.pt/OnlineStore/Services/Packs.aspx

What I don't understand is why anyone would need 100mbit of bandwidth (or more) unless they are doing illegal acitivity (downloading games, movies, music, programs, etc), and furthermore, why anyone would need a bandwidth cap of anything remotely close to 400gb a month. My 7mbit cable line is plenty of bandwidth for my network, and I run 3 computers, a cell phone, and a console gaming system on my network.

The ONLY way I forsee someone needing more bandwidth than what typical US ISP's offer is if they are wanting to setup a web server to host a website for content they make, or to run their own gaming server instead of renting one and running it remotely.

At any rate, it's nice that areas are offering 100mbit+ bandwidth, but I still fail to see the reason to have THAT much bandwidth.

Any particular reason why "Europe" was lumped in there as if it was just one big Country, like Japan?
Europe's available speeds vary greatly from country to country. For example, in the UK the fastest we can get on a home line is about 50Mbit, whereas Sweden goes all the way up to 1Gbit.

100/100mbit in Norway for 99eur.

Oh yeah, did I mention it was uncapped? Our ISP's listen to they're customers so they tested with caps for about 4 months.

1/1gbps is not new though, been available in Sweden for a couple of years already, also uncapped.

Novus in Vancouver, Canada: Fibre Optic 20/10 Mbps. 110/110 GB Cap. $37.50 unbundled. $32.50 when bundled with TV. http://www.novusnow.ca/services/internet.php

In the US most every small community makes big demands before they'll let anyone run cable/fiber, so all sorts of added expense & delay for companies like Verizon -- it's Fios svc, maybe the main cable competition, still has spotty coverage/availability. Most rely on cable access as with old phone lines & equip good broadband is simply not possible. Existing lines & equipment are old, & the companies that own them don't do maintainence let alone upgrade, because consumers will still pay -- an example of the way they think, many (most?) cable providers refuse to deliver TV (SD & HD) at full resolution because they never have & the stupid consumer won't know what they're missing. The end result is that cable access providers each have their own protected turf where they're free to do whatever they want -- the only competition, choosing from among a few ISPs is irrelevant, as they're just the figurehead branding sitting at the end of the same pipes. Broadband speed with cable access is determined by 1) the plan you pay for, & 2) how many of your neighbors are connected -- plans are sold as max bandwidth possible, not actual or average.

In the city where we're living now [between Detroit & Ann Arbor], ATT is the only phone company offering even low speed broadband, & that would be iffy as when we moved here it took a week+ for them to just to get the existing line working just for phone svc. Cable access through Roadrunner averages somewhere between 3 & 7 download, but the other day I measured it at 2.3 Mbps down, 0.04 Mbps up.

Here in Quebec, Videotron offers 30Mbps for $65/month with 70Gb caps and a 50Mbps for $75/month with a 100Gb caps. All upload speed are fixed at 1Mbps and the price are for a 1 year contract.

TruckWEB said,
Here in Quebec, Videotron offers 30Mbps for $65/month with 70Gb caps and a 50Mbps for $75/month with a 100Gb caps. All upload speed are fixed at 1Mbps and the price are for a 1 year contract.

If it wasn't that I'm getting their HighSpeed for $30/month I would switch to the 30Mbps.....

But to be honest the 1Mbps upload REALLY sucks

Guess where I live? ... Edmonton! I rolled around on the ground and did kicks in the air when I read this article :)

Here in Lithuania starting March we will have 200Mbps inside Lithuania and 80Mbps for foreign countries for ~40$. Of course inside the ISP you can have 1Gbps like in SkyNet. If I remember our country is one of leading in fiber infrastructure creation. Kaunas (Lithuania) city is the 3rd in the words list, just behind two Japanese cities. And we still want more speed!

We have ADSL, Fiber networks (kind almost the main ones), WiMax started to go good with 10Mbps and 3.5G with 7.2Mbps maybe coming with 20+Mbps or LTE in year or two. Mobile internet is very popular here too.

ISPs in Stockholm (Sweden) have had 1Gbps for years now. I worked at a fiber ISP in Sweden and in Dec 2008 they started providing 1Gbps down/1Gbps up in Stockholm and they ware long from being the first to provide 1Gbps.

Shaw gave us all a speed increase then upped the prices 5 months later.

Don't be fooled they will gouge for this speed, I mean they don't give anything away for free.

They just are just sneaky on how they go about getting the money for it.

Oh how I wish Rogers never replaced Shaw in Ontario. Sounds sweet though. Hopefully all ISP's start bumping up the speeds. I'd like some decent upload speeds nearly everyone tops off at 2mbps.

Andrew Lyle said,
Shaw is still available in Ontario, according to their website
Shaw is available in some parts of Ontario. Rogers and Cogeco also operate in Ontario.

Unfortunately there is no competition since none of the cable companies are allowed to operate in areas occupied by one of the other companies. the only competition is the cable company vs. Bell

Edited by timster, Feb 23 2010, 4:09am :

Ah didn't know that. I know the left my area long ago haven't heard of them around here only out west. Rogers blows. Been using Bell for the last several years, quite nice although it could be much faster.

Andrew Lyle said,
Shaw is still available in Ontario, according to their website

Unfortunately no one living in Rogersville (a.k.a Toronto) can get it. :(

Andrew Lyle said,
Shaw is still available in Ontario, according to their website
It's mostly just the western part of Ontario (Thunder Bay area)

LOL, in argentina we have the following table of rates for home services:

Down up AR$ US$
10mb 1024k $500.00 $129.87
5mb 512k $300.00 $77.92
3mb 256k $109.00 $28.31
1mb 256k $109.00 $28.31
640k 128k $90.00 $23.38

It feels so sad here when I see transfer rates and prices like the one in the article with the options that we have here :(

julianbl said,
LOL, in argentina we have the following table of rates for home services:

Down up AR$ US$
10mb 1024k $500.00 $129.87
5mb 512k $300.00 $77.92
3mb 256k $109.00 $28.31
1mb 256k $109.00 $28.31
640k 128k $90.00 $23.38

It feels so sad here when I see transfer rates and prices like the one in the article with the options that we have here :(


Don't complain. For 1mb/256, we get charged $57.14 a month.

I am feeling your pain here. I miss my internet back in Calgary, and now I am in Buenos Aires trying to work remotely with internet that cuts out at least 3 times a days at speeds of 1Mbps

julianbl said,
LOL, in argentina we have the following table of rates for home services:

Down up AR$ US$
10mb 1024k $500.00 $129.87
5mb 512k $300.00 $77.92
3mb 256k $109.00 $28.31
1mb 256k $109.00 $28.31
640k 128k $90.00 $23.38

It feels so sad here when I see transfer rates and prices like the one in the article with the options that we have here :(

I used to work for them when I was going to school....they were pretty relaxed with the caps anyway. I wish we had a good provider like them on the east coast...

@Lewism, did you actually read the article? I can all but guarantee that the cap will be greater than 400GB (which can be upped to 600 for $5 more a month). Also this will only be available in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver when the service goes live.

Kreuger said,
Any chance Rogers will do it too?

yeah, for a higher price than Shaw. with maybe $4-5 off if added to an already over-priced bundle. also, Rogers would never have a cap that high

Edited by timster, Feb 23 2010, 2:14am :

shakey_snake said,
But is 1 Gbps really gonna help them win more hockey games?
Hey, HD videos of watching the USA teams play is better than waiting for buffers to load of SD videos of USA teams playing ;)

+1 burn though. Glad they've got snow up there. OH WAIT.

Edited by cybertimber2008, Feb 23 2010, 2:56am :

shakey_snake said,
But is 1 Gbps really gonna help them win more hockey games?

No but it will make you play Crysis Online...

For comparison, I'm in Tulsa, OK and here at work we have an AT&T DSL line that's 6Mbps for $89, a Cox cable line that's 12Mbps for $290, and an EasyTel fiber line that's 40Mbps for $249.