CDMA devices will still continue to operate on the CDMA network after the EV-DO turn-down using the 1X data service.
“SaskTel is committed to providing Saskatchewan residents with the best wireless networks in the province, however as networks evolve, it becomes necessary to turn down older networks,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “We will be repurposing the 850 Mhz spectrum that powers the EV-DO data service and dedicating that spectrum to adding capacity to our 4G/LTE network province-wide.”
SaskTel’s roaming partner is also turning down their EV-DO data service on their CDMA network in most of BC and Alberta by July 2014. Customers will not notice any difference in coverage, voice services, or text messaging. However, data service will be reduced to the slower 1X data speeds.
“We are encouraging customers to take advantage of our 4G/LTE data speeds and upgrade to a 4G/LTE phone for as low as $0,” added Styles.
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 maxTV 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).