Telus upgrades Vancouver network to challenge Shaw Cable

Telus is dead set on providing a better package of services than its competitor Shaw Communications, so the incumbent service provider will spend $70 million to update its Vancouver Island network to offer higher Internet speeds and high definition TV.

By the end of 2010, Telus says that 98 percent of residents in Victoria, Vancouver will be able to access the new service. To achieve this goal, Telus will lay more than 450 kilometers of cable in Greater Victoria. Controlled by Microsoft Mediaroom middleware, the new service will offer customers a personal video recorder that can record and play back programs on up to six TV sets in a home.   

This latest deployment illustrates Telus' ongoing aggressive network build out drive. In addition to committing $650 million to upgrade its wireless and wireline network in its Alberta, Canada market, Telus upgraded its Campbell River network last year.

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