Press release

City of Winnipeg signs deal with Shaw Business

New agreement to provide data networking services, Internet and WiFi

May 15, 2012

Calgary, Alberta (May 15, 2012) — Shaw Communications Inc. is pleased to announce its agreement with the City of Winnipeg to improve the City’s network access and connection by providing a sophisticated 35-site Virtual Private Local Area Network Service (VPLS). This key partnership with the City is in the form of a multiple year agreement.

“The network Shaw Business will provide to the City of Winnipeg is designed for high availability– meaning that the crucial services of the City will be reliable, consistent and dedicated,” said Peter Bissonnette, President, Shaw Communications Inc. “We are proud to deliver our quality products to the City of Winnipeg to position them for the future.”

The agreement has Shaw Business creating separate VPLS domains for each of the City’s business units as part of a 42-site network with optional Quality of Service. This will enable the City to deliver a cohesive network that separates and protects departmental data. Shaw Business will also be providing carrier grade Internet; which means that the City will be able to provide Internet over the data network to every City employee. The solution’s design allows for the best use of the network by prioritizing data traffic and Internet connectivity for the City’s vital services, including the City of Winnipeg’s Libraries, Police services and Water and Waste. Library-goers can also look forward to complimentary Shaw WiFi in Winnipeg’s libraries, allowing patrons to experience high performance Internet access at no cost.

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About Shaw

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

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