SaskTel today announced it has completed another 23 different 4G wireless network infrastructure enhancement projects across the province in November to address the ever-growing customer demand for network coverage and capacity.
"SaskTel has a long record in pursuing innovative and cutting edge solutions when it comes to expanding our 4G network across the Province,” said Don McMorris, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “We are committed to building and powering the largest, fastest and most complete wireless network in the Province."
SaskTel is using a variety of infrastructure options to enhance wireless service based on usage patterns and demands. In addition to traditional towers being constructed across the province, SaskTel is also increasing capacity and coverage by deploying other options when traditional towers are not feasible due to space or other limitations. These include installing carrier antennas to increase coverage strength inside of buildings, streetlights, rooftops, wooden and stealth poles, as well as installing new cellular sites such as towers or COWS (cellular on wheels) in various locations.
The communities that received 4G network enhancements in November 2013, including the type of enhancement completed are as follows:
• Regina: Installed Monopoles in the areas of the RCMP grounds and North Railway and optimized Living Hope to increase coverage and capacity as well as increase 4G and 4G LTE coverage
• Saskatoon: Added a monopole in the Richmound Heights area to increase coverage and capacity for 4G and 4G LTE. Added 2 Cellular of Wheels (COW) on Clarence Avenue and in the Stonebridge area to further increase capacity
• Moose Jaw: Added a stealth pole in Elgin Park area to increase coverage and capacity for 4G and 4G LTE
• Yorkton: Added 4 carriers in Yorkton and rural area to increase coverage and capacity
• Hague: Added an additional carrier to increase coverage and capacity
• Weyburn: Erected a stealth pole at 1st Avenue NW to increase 4G and 4G LTE coverage and capacity
• North Portal: Erected a wooden pole to increase coverage and capacity in the border area.
• Maryfield: Added underlay to an existing tower to increase capacity
• Redvers: Added underlay to an existing tower to increase capacity
• Seekaskootch: Erected a new tower to increase coverage and capacity
• Canora: Went from an Omni antenna to 3 sectors to increase coverage and capacity.
The addition of a sector and a carrier increases network capacity by adding more radio frequency channels. Each additional carrier added to a site will increase the network capacity at that site by an incremental amount. Adding a second carrier approximately doubles network capacity. Going from two to three additional carriers increases network capacity by approximately 50 per cent above that and going from three to four additional carriers increases capacity by a further 33 per cent. Increasing sectors adds an antenna which further improves coverage and capacity.
The 4G network provides increased bandwidth with download speeds of up to 21 Mbps per second. With 4G LTE, customers will see data speeds approximately five times faster (approximately 100 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload) than the 4G network meaning customers can stream music, share pictures and videos, download apps and game faster than ever before.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel.com) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 607,000 wireless accesses, 492,000 wireline network accesses, 250,000 internet accesses and 100,000 Max™ (TV) subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services including competitive voice, data, internet, entertainment, security monitoring, 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 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).