"Construction of the 4G network is a significant development for SaskTel and its customers in Saskatchewan," said Bill Boyd, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. "SaskTel 4G wireless coverage is already available to more than 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 13 tower locations, along with 4G coverage details, are:
• Ceylon South: provides coverage to the area southwest of Radville including highway 6 between Minton and Pangman.
• Cigar Lake Mine: provides coverage to the mine site and the surrounding area.
• Cut Knife: provides coverage to the town of Cut Knife and the surrounding area including highways 21 and 40.
• Dahinda: provides coverage to the area south of Avonlea including highway 334.
• Endeavour and Etomami Lake: provide coverage to the area north of Preeceville including the town of Endeavour and highway 9.
• Key Lake Mine: provides coverage to the mine site and the area immediately surrounding the site.
• McArthur River Mine: provides coverage to the mine site and the area immediately surrounding the site.
• McClean Lake Mine: provides coverage to the mine site and the surrounding area.
• Mildred: provides coverage to the area between Shell Lake and Spiritwood including highway 3.
• Saskatoon University of Saskatchewan #2: provides improved coverage on campus.
• Spring Valley: provides coverage to the Hamlet of Spring Valley and the surrounding area including highway 36.
• Yellow Quill: provides improved coverage at Yellow Quill First Nation.
SaskTel has also added additional capacity in Saskatoon which is intended to reduce 4G network congestion within the city. 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:
• Apple iPhone 4
• BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800
• BlackBerry® Bold™ 9780
• BlackBerry® Curve™ 9300
• HTC Wildfire S
• HTC Incredible S
• LG Optimus Quantum™
• LG Rumour Plus™
• LG Flick™
• Nokia C6
• Nokia 7230
• Nokia 6350
• Samsung Galaxy S II™
• Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant™
• Samsung Galaxy 550™
• Samsung Gravity Touch
• Samsung Gravity 3
• Samsung Rugby II™
• Samsung C414
• Novatel Wireless MC547 Mobile Internet Stick
• Novatel Wireless MC998D Mobile Internet Stick
• Novatel MiFi® 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 $1.1 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 568,000 wireless accesses, 528,000 wireline network accesses, 230,000 internet accesses and 85,000 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. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,800 employees.