November 08 2010
BELLEVUE, Wash. –
4G Americas, a wireless industry trade association representing the 3GPP family of technologies throughout the Americas region, today announced the election of Shaw Communications to its Board of Governors. Shaw is a diversified communications company that provides broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Digital Phone, telecommunications services and satellite direct-to-home services and is currently building a mobile broadband network that will cover most of Western Canada.
Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas, welcomed Shaw’s election to the 4G Americas Board and commented, “Shaw is representative of both the momentum of convergence in communications and the exciting new entrants in mobile communications. We welcome the strategic insight Shaw will contribute as they build out a full suite of wireless services in Western Canada with HSPA and LTE.”
The GSM-HSPA family of technologies is the wireless market leader in the Americas region, and worldwide, with 4.7 billion global connections on over 800 mobile GSM-HSPA networks in 219 countries (subscriber data from Informa Telecoms & Media). 3G technology growth continues with nearly 700 million UMTS-HSPA subscriptions projected worldwide by year-end 2010. Facilitated by organizations such as 4G Americas, the 3GPP family of technologies has grown in every aspect in the Western Hemisphere, including number of subscribers, 3G evolution deployments, data revenue, variety of devices, number of networks, and the scope and depth of the technology ecosystem. The U.S. is now the leading nation for the uptake of mobile broadband services, and Latin America is the second ranked region of the world in terms of wireless growth. Future success is well indicated by leading operators, including Greenfield and CDMA operators, who have already committed to deploying Long Term Evolution (LTE).
“Shaw Communications is pleased to participate on 4G Americas’ Board of Governors and lend its expertise and insights in support of the GSM technology family and its successful growth in the Americas region, including its evolution to LTE and beyond,” said Michael D’Avella, Senior Vice President, Planning, for Shaw Communications, Inc.
About Shaw Communications, Inc.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Digital Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business Solutions), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, including 1.8 million Internet subscribers and 1.1 million Digital Phone customers, through a reliable and extensive network, which comprises 625,000 kilometres of fibre. Shaw Media includes the second largest conventional television network in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV, Food Network, History 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).
About 4G Americas: Unifying the Americas through Mobile Broadband Technology
4G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization’s mission is to promote, facilitate and advocate for the deployment and adoption of the 3GPP family of technologies throughout the Americas. 4G Americas contributes to the successful commercial rollout of 3GPP mobile broadband technologies across the Americas and their place as the No. 1 technology family in the region. The organization aims to develop the expansive wireless ecosystem of networks, devices, and applications enabled by GSM and its evolution to LTE. 4G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., with an office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Dallas. More information is available at www.4gamericas.org.
4G Americas’ Board of Governors members include: Alcatel-Lucent, América Móvil, Andrew Solutions, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Ericsson, Gemalto, HP, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, Openwave, Powerwave, Qualcomm, Research In Motion (RIM), Rogers, Shaw Communications, T-Mobile USA and Telefónica.
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