Shaw Business signs deal with BC Biomedical Laboratories
WiFi, Internet and networking services provided to 45 Patient Services Centres
March 27, 2012
Calgary, Alberta (March 27, 2012) — Shaw Communications Inc. is excited to announce its agreement to provide BC Biomedical Laboratories Inc. with communications services for their 45 Patient Services Centres located throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
The multi-year deal will see Shaw Business deploy WiFi in all Patient Services Centres, allowing patients to surf the Internet, check their email and use their mobile devices in BC Biomedical’s waiting rooms. Shaw customers visiting Patient Services Centres will benefit from the added feature of experiencing the same Internet speed and data levels that they enjoy at home.
In addition to WiFi services available to customers, Shaw Business will deploy a Corporate Wide Area Network to improve productivity when transferring medical files and images. The Corporate network uses Shaw’s latest Ethernet over Docsis (cable) technology, which significantly increases bandwidth and the speed at which files are transferred.
“Working with one of the largest providers of medical services in the province shows the capability of Shaw Business to meet our customers’ needs, regardless of size or industry,” said Peter Bissonnette, President, Shaw Communications Inc. “We’re excited for patients to experience the power of the Shaw network firsthand with our WiFi product when visiting BC Biomedical’s locations.”
Headquartered in Surrey, BC Biomedical employs more than 700 people and provides services to 8,000 patients per day. The laboratory provides hundreds of different medical diagnosis services in microbiology, hematology, cardiac and chemistry.
“As the largest physician-owned laboratory in British Columbia, we’re proud to partner with Shaw Business in improving the customer experience for our patients,” said Nick Szirth, Chief Information Officer, BC Biomedical Laboratories Inc. “Using Shaw Business for our communications services will allow us to meet the needs of both our business and our customers.”
Services for this large-scale offering are currently being implemented and the first phase is expected to be completed by the end of April 2012.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca