Shaw awarded major Wi-Fi contract in Calgary

Comments Off December 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

The city of Calgary has awarded Shaw Communications Inc. with the contract to provide public Wi-Fi in city-owned locations.

As part of the contract, Shaw will install Wi-Fi zones at city facilities with high public traffic such as recreation facilities, parks, and LRT stations. In 2012, Calgary Transit had 102 million riders on their system, and nearly 2 million citizens purchased a drop-in pass at a recreation facility.

“Our goal is to provide citizens with fast and reliable Wi-Fi, and give city departments the ability to enhance the customer experience at City facilities,” said Heather Reed-Fenske, manager of IT with the city.

Public Wi-Fi will be available in a select number of public spaces during the initial launch of the program, and will be available to all members of the public, unlike the existing Shaw Go Wi-Fi service, which is available only to Shaw customers.

The city will provide Shaw with access to city facilities and shared marketing opportunities in exchange for Shaw’s wireless services and support. Citizens will benefit from enhanced Wi-Fi coverage in core locations and Internet speeds currently available to Shaw customers.