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Shaw eyeing VoIP, Quebecor downplays adding telephony in fight with telcos

News | 10/31/2003 5:00 am EST

Two giants in the Canadian cable market are singing different tunes about the potential of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) as a way for cable to battle telcos on their own turf. In a reversal of its previous direction, Shaw Communications Inc. announced this month that it was looking at VoIP as part of a year-long process to review its options for introducing telephony. CEO Jim Shaw said during a conference call with analysts on the release of the company’s fiscal 2003 fourth-quarter and year-end financials that he was "cautiously optimistic" about VoIP, seemingly favouring it over circuit-switch deployment.

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