Shaw Communications | Explained and Reviewed by Canadians

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Everything you need to know about Shaw

What Speeds can I expect?

For a business, the standard answer is you can get anything you need, but of course, there is a vast array of prices business Internet or Networking services can cost.

Shaw, being a large ISP, should be able to get a business 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 10Gbps or even 100Gbps Symmetric service in select locations, but it’s very rare a business needs that much Internet access. In downtown metros like Calgary and Winnipeg, you’ll find Shaw business Internet at reasonable prices.

In select western Canadian cities, residential customers can expect (download/upload) 1.5 Gbps/300 Mbps  packages down to as small as 10 Mbps / 1Mbps for home internet.

For Mobility, Freedom currently ranks last in Canada at 43 from Ookla. If you’re wondering who is ranked better….well it’s everyone. But here is the current rankings from Q4 2021.

Q4 mobility rankings canada
Source – https://www.speedtest.net/global-index/canada?mobile#market-analysis

 

Where is it available?

Shaw is available in southern Ontario and West. Their website has a “check your address” feature, but to make it easier for you, take a look at their Shaw go-wifi map, this gives you a good picture of where they own physical networks.

Shaw 2022 go wifi map
image thanks to https://www.shaw.ca/internet/wifi/find-a-wifi-hotspot

Shaw business services are also available Canada-wide. Where Shaw does not own a physical network, they have wholesale partner agreements with local providers to meet local business needs.

What types of service do they provide?

When we ask about type, we mean fiber, copper, wireless or satellite. Shaw operates primarily on coax cable for any residential, and much of the business services.

What is the customer support like?

Customer support is rated similar to the other large carriers, room for improvement.

Is the wifi signal strong?

Shaw has three types of modems.  We recommend the Fibre+ Gateway modem, as this is what I personally use. The coverage is very large, and we rarely have issues.

The lower-end modem from Shaw is a different story, I do not recommend it. 

Are they investing in rural expansion?

Shaw is expanding through the sale to Rogers at the moment, which is their major expansion in Canada for 2022.

Who owns the Shaw Communications?

The company is roughly 80% owned by the Shaw family, 15% by Canadian investors, and 5% by non-Canadian Investors. For a bit more detail, the company files its ownership structure with the CRTC.

 

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