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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2011/01/10 - As part of the Rural Infrastructure Program, SaskTel High Speed Internet customers in 8 more communities are receiving higher download speeds after a recent upgrade.
SaskTel has increased the maximum download speed in Big River, Canwood, Debden, Prud’Homme, Qu’Appelle, Rocanville, Shellbrook and Stockholm from 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps) to 5 Mbps. Customers began receiving the higher speeds automatically and High Speed Internet charges will not increase as a result of this upgrade.
This upgrade is part of a larger initiative to upgrade more than 220 High Speed Internet Basic communities from 1.5 Mbps to 5 Mbps by the end of 2011. A total of 209 communities have been upgraded since March 2010. SaskTel will make announcements regarding additional upgrade locations as they are completed. (Please refer to the list of upgrade communities on the next page.)
“Saskatchewan residents continue to benefit from SaskTel’s ongoing investment in its advanced network,” said Bill Boyd, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “This upgrade will deliver an enhanced internet experience to SaskTel customers in communities across the province.”
“SaskTel is pleased to provide improved High Speed Internet access to rural communities across the province at no additional charge to our customers,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “SaskTel high speed internet service is available to approximately 99 percent of the Saskatchewan population.”
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 (sasktel.com) 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.