Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw Communications Inc.
VOXCOM Security Systems

August 11, 2005 13:24 ET

VOXCOM Home Security Systems and Shaw Digital Phone an Easy Connection

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 11, 2005) - Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.NV.B) (NYSE:SJR) VOXCOM (TSX:VOX.UN)

Thousands of customers in Western Canada have changed their traditional home phone service to Shaw in the past six months. Most have kept their home phone number, they have kept their home phone equipment, and they have even maintained their existing home security system.

The Shaw Digital Phone enhanced home wiring option links a customer's Digital Phone service with central station security and fire monitoring centres. This connection is included in the Shaw Digital Phone professional installation that is available to every new customer.

"Our commitment was to make Shaw Digital Phone a reliable alternative to traditional home phone service, and that commitment included supporting the security and monitoring systems that are so valuable to many of our customers," said Peter Bissonnette, President of Shaw Communications Inc. "Because all Shaw Digital Phone traffic travels over our managed broadband network, instead of the public Internet, we can ensure these home security systems will continue to offer the protection and reliability that customers require."

Now available in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, Shaw Digital Phone has always included professional installation, enhanced 911 service, directory and operator services, and 24/7/365 customer support, all at no additional cost. Customers also have the option of keeping their current home phone number and don't have to purchase any new phone equipment to enjoy the unlimited North America calling of Shaw Digital Phone. As of the end of May, more than 22,000 customers had already chosen to move to Shaw Digital Phone, exceeding the company's initial expectations.

"Even in the event of a power failure, the battery backup capabilities of Digital Phone will keep home security systems in contact with monitoring centres for several hours," continued Bissonnette. "It's all part of the peace of mind that our service provides."

Shaw has teamed up with VOXCOM Security Systems, one of Canada's leading security companies, to provide an end-to-end security solution for Digital Phone Service customers. VOXCOM is able to transfer a customer's monitoring services to their Emergency Response Centre at no additional cost and without any interruptions in service. For more details on this offer, customers can visit or

"Shaw Digital Phone Service integrates seamlessly with our security alarm monitoring services," said Brad Sparrow, VOXCOM's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our Emergency Response Centre will continue to monitor customers for intrusion and life safety events such as smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, panic and medical emergencies. Customers can rest assured that immediate action can be taken to save lives and protect property."

Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified Canadian communications company whose core business is providing broadband cable television, Internet, Digital Phone, telecommunications services (through Big Pipe Inc.) and satellite direct-to-home services (through Star Choice Communications Inc.) to approximately 3.0 million customers. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is a member of the S&P/TSX 60 index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.NV.B, NYSE - SJR).

VOXCOM is a national leader of security alarm installation and monitoring services in Canada, serving more than 104,000 residential and commercial customers. VOXCOM provides monitoring services for security alarm systems and LifeCall emergency response systems to all provinces from its head office and call centre in Edmonton, and has branch offices in major centres across the country. VOXCOM also maintains extensive marketing partnerships and a network of Authorized Dealers throughout Canada. Information about VOXCOM can be found at VOXCOM Income Fund is traded on the Toronto Stock exchange and holds all the issued and outstanding common shares of VOXCOM (Symbol: TSX - VOX.UN).

Contact Information

  • Shaw Communications Inc.
    Peter Bissonnette
    (403) 750-4500
    VOXCOM Security Systems
    Brad Sparrow
    (800) 661-2178 or (780) 462-1657