“Our 4G wireless network delivers increased bandwidth, greater international roaming and a wider selection of wireless devices,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “4G will enable SaskTel to make a smooth transition to future generations of wireless technology.”
Three of the locations were completed as part of the previously announced First Nations Program, which will provide high speed internet and 4G wireless service to 28 Saskatchewan First Nations by the end of 2012. The project is jointly funded by the Government of Canada and SaskTel. The latest locations are: Big Island Lake Cree Nation, Carry The Kettle First Nation and Ochapowace First Nation.
The other five tower locations, along with 4G coverage details, are:
• Collins Bay: provides coverage to the mining region near Points North Landing.
• Scout Lake: provides coverage to the area south of Assiniboia including highway 2.
• Smoky Burn (Carrot Creek): provides coverage to the area northeast of Carrot River including highway 55.
• St. Walburg North: provides coverage to the area north of St. Walburg including highway 26.
• Waskesiu Lake Rural: provides improved coverage in the Waskesiu area including highway 264.
The 4G network provides increased bandwidth with download speeds approximately 4 times faster than existing speeds (up to 21 megabits per second). It is also compatible with more than 80% of all networks around the world. SaskTel plans to support the existing CDMA digital network for the foreseeable future to ensure that all wireless customers continue to enjoy a full selection of wireless services that best suit their needs.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel.com) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.1 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 568,000 wireless accesses, 528,000 wireline network accesses, 230,000 internet accesses and 85,000 Max™ (TV) subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services including competitive voice, data, internet, entertainment, national security, messaging, cellular, wireless data and directory services. In addition, SaskTel International offers software solutions and project consulting in countries around the world. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,100 employees.