“Construction of the 4G network is a significant development for SaskTel and its customers in Saskatchewan,” said Bill Boyd, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “By the end of 2011 SaskTel’s wireless coverage will be available to 98% of the population.”
“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 is the new industry standard and will enable SaskTel to make a smooth transition to future generations of wireless technology.”
The 12 tower locations, along with 4G coverage details, are:
• Cumberland House: provides coverage to the village of Cumberland House and the surrounding area.
• Denare Beach and Deschambault Lake: provide coverage to the village of Denare Beach and the surrounding area as well as the community of Deschambault Lake.
• Moose Jaw CFB: provides improved coverage to CFB Moose Jaw.
• Naicam: provides coverage to the town of Naicam and the surrounding area including highways 6 and 349.
• Nipawin: provides coverage to the town of Nipawin and the surrounding area including highways 35 and 55.
• Norquay: provides coverage to the town of Norquay and the surrounding area including highways 8 and 49.
• Ogema: provides improved in-building coverage to the town of Ogema.
• Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay: provide coverage to the villages of Pelican Narrows and Sandy Bay as well as some coverage along Highway 135 between the two communities.
• Quill Lake: provides coverage to the village of Quill Lake and the surrounding area including highway 5 between Wadena and Watson.
• Regina Beach: provides coverage to the town of Regina Beach and the surrounding area.
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 approximately 80% of all networks across the world and international roaming customers will be able to use their SaskTel 4G device on 4G networks anywhere.
The current SaskTel 4G device line-up includes:
• BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800
• BlackBerry® Bold™ 9780
• BlackBerry® Curve™ 9300
• BlackBerry® Pearl™ 9100
• LG Optimus Quantum™
• LG Rumour Plus™
• LG Flick™
• Nokia C6
• Nokia 7230
• Nokia 6350
• Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant™
• Samsung Gravity Touch
• Samsung Gravity® 3
• Samsung Rugby™ II
• 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 4G network.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel.com) 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.