Shaw not broadcasting its wireless plans

Canadian cable giant Shaw Communications isn't saying much about how or when it will do anything with the $189 million worth of airwave licenses it owns, only that it will eventually use the spectrum for mobile wireless. The licenses cover more than nine million consumers in Western Canada so Shaw could have the pieces to put together a home run package of voice, video, data and mobile.

Shaw's only comment has been that it would launch a mobile service sometime late in 2011. Speculation is that the delay follows the development of LTE fourth generation mobile technology.

"LTE is going to be a much better technology once it's fully deployed. And bear in mind there will be a very robust ecosystem around LTE and all kinds of devices that have those 4G capabilities," said Michael D'Avella, senior vice president of planning at Shaw who added that waiting is "the right thing to do."

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