Let's keep the thread on topic please. There is an active forum here to discuss Shaw internet.
MTS have already announced that all new housing developments in Winnipeg will be FTTH and there are 25 other communities that are scheduled for FTTH. This will certainly give them the capability to match any speeds that a cable TV infrastructure can provide. They also indicated that they would use FTTH for any Winnipeg neighborhoods that required a rebuild due to age, but that would take place after 2013.
The existing VDSL2 infrastructure that MTS has in Winnipeg, Brandon and Portage can probably be tweaked a bit, but performance would depend on the distance from the fibre node. For example, I'm about 700 feet from the node and my modem reports an error-free rate of 60 Mbps, even though my profile is limited to 32 Mbps. Pair-bonding is another possibility.
I wonder about the actual usefulness of a line speed faster than 32 Mbps in the current environment. It's nice to have, but I don't think many people would notice the difference. There are certainly a few very heavy users that will appreciate any speed increase and any network infrastructure has to accommodate higher speeds as the way we use the internet changes.
Last edited by Dr.Dave; 2011-06-21 at 02:01 PM.