“Construction of the 3G+ network is a significant development for SaskTel and its customers in Saskatchewan,” said Bill Boyd, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “When the network is complete in 2011 it will be available to 98% of the population.”
“Our 3G+ wireless network delivers increased bandwidth, greater international roaming and a wider selection of wireless devices,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “3G+ is the new industry standard and will enable SaskTel to make a smooth transition to future generations of wireless technology.”
The 30 tower locations, along with 3G+ coverage details, are:
• Big River: provides coverage to the town of Big River and the surrounding area including Highway 55 north of Debden.
• Christopher Lake North: provides coverage along Highway 2 north of Christopher Lake.
• Churchbridge: provides coverage to the town of Churchbridge and along Highway 16 between Bredenbury and Langenburg.
• Consul: provides coverage to the town of Consul and the surrounding area including Highways 13 and 21.
• Crichton: provides coverage to the area east of Shaunavon including Highway 13 between Shaunavon and Ponteix.
• Debden and Canwood: provide coverage to the towns of Debden and Canwood as well as the area northwest of Shellbrook including Highway 55 between Shellbrook and Big River.
• Esterhazy: provides coverage to the town of Esterhazy.
• Estuary: provides coverage to oil and gas area west of Leader.
• Gainsborough: provides coverage to the oil and gas area in the southeast corner of the province including Highways 8 and 18.
• Hirsch: provides coverage to the area east of Bienfait including coverage along Highway 18 between Bienfait and Alameda.
• Kennell: provides coverage along Highway 6 between Regina and Southey.
• Lampman: provides coverage to the oil and gas area around Lampman.
• Langbank: provides coverage to the oil and gas area east of Kipling including Highway 9 between Whitewood and Moose Mountain Provincial Park.
• LeRoy: provides coverage to the town of LeRoy and the surrounding area including Highway 6 between Dafoe and Watson.
• Neilburg: provides coverage to the town of Neilburg and the surrounding area including Highway 40 east of Marsden.
• Outlook: provides coverage to the area surrounding Outlook including Highways 45 and 15.
• Plenty: provides coverage to the oil and gas area southwest of Plenty
• Redvers: provides coverage to the town of Redvers and the surrounding area including Highways 13 and 8.
• Rocanville and Rocanville Mine: provide coverage to the town of Rocanville and the surrounding area including the Rocanville Potash Mine and Highway 8 north of Moosomin.
• Shaunavon and Shaunavon Rural: provide coverage to the town of Shaunavon and the surrounding area including Highway 37.
• Smeaton: provides coverage to the town of Smeaton and the surrounding area including Highways 106 and 55.
• Stockholm: provides coverage to the town of Stockholm and the surrounding area including Highway 22 west of Esterhazy.
• Waskesiu Lake Resort: provides coverage to the resort area of Waskesiu Lake.
• Watrous and Manitou Beach: provide coverage to the towns of Watrous and Manitou Beach and along Highways 2 and 365.
• Whitkow: provides coverage to the area northeast of North Battleford including Highways 378 and 376.
• Willow Bunch: provides coverage to the town of Willow Bunch and the surrounding area including Highway 36.
The 3G+ 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 approximately 80% of all networks across the world and international roaming customers will be able to use their SaskTel 3G+ device on 3G+ networks anywhere.
The current SaskTel 3G+ device line-up includes:
• BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800
• BlackBerry® Bold™ 9780
• BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700
• BlackBerry® Curve™ 9300
• BlackBerry® Pearl™ 9100
• Nokia 7230
• Nokia 6350
• Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant™ (ANDROID™)
• Samsung Gravity Touch
• Samsung Gravity 3
• Novatel MC998D Mobile Internet Stick
• Novatel Mi-Fi 2372 Mobile Hotspot.
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. Customers can now choose from a wide range of devices for both the existing CDMA network and the new 3G+ network.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.15 billion in annual revenue and more than 1.4 million customer connections including more than 560,000 wireless accesses, 543,000 wireline network accesses, 225,000 Internet accesses and 83,000 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. In 2009, SaskTel contributed more than $651 million to the Saskatchewan economy through dollars spent with Saskatchewan-based suppliers and sponsorships to non-profit organizations. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,800 employees.