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Shaw, City Partner Up for Improved Internet Service

May 15, 2012 8:40 AM | News

Shaw Communications and the City of Winnipeg have partnered up to improve access to the city’s internal network.

As part of the deal, Shaw Business will provide the city with 35-site Virtual Private Local Area Network Service (VPLS) in a multi-year agreement.

The agreement has Shaw creating separate VPLS domains for each of the city’s business units as part of a 42-site network and carrier-grade Internet, allowing the city to be able to provide Internet over the data network to every city employee.

Shaw’s network will also be utilized in police services and Water and Waste. Public library users will have access to complimentary Shaw WiFi.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

UPDATE: A city spokesperson says the contract is for five years and valued at $1.69 million. Shaw previously handled 80% of the city’s LAN business, but will now handle nearly 100% of the network. A competitive bidding process took place as part of a request for proposal put forward by the city.