Shaw Communications Inc. announced Tuesday that has launched the country's first 100 Gbps, inter-city fibre-optic network. The network, built out by Alcatel-Lucent, is capable of carrying up to 88 channels at 100 Gbps over a single pair of fibres, the company said. “The result is a game-changing network able to handle up to 133 million voice calls, 440,000 HDTV channels, or transmit 44 Blu-ray Discs in one second,” Shaw said in a release. The launch follows a field trial over a 350-kilometre network between Calgary and Edmonton, the company said. Shaw said it was the first provider in Canada to trial “Gigabit Internet” in April 2010 through a fibre-to-the-home network. "The launch of this fibre-optic network allows us to lay the foundation in delivering a new Internet experience for our customers,” Peter Bissonnette, president of Shaw, said in a statement. Shaw said early this year that it intends to start deploying only fibre in 2012 in an effort to better compete with telecom providers rolling out fibre such as Telus Communications Co.