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SaskTel firsts and significant accomplishments

Over the years, SaskTel has compiled an impressive list of industry "firsts and accomplishments" despite the challenges of delivering service over a large and sparsely populated area.

2017

  • SaskTel opens a Tier III data centre - a world-class facility outfitted with cutting-edge technology to deliver services with security, availability and assurance. This data centre has 24,000 square feet of building area including 9,650 square feet of data hall space that is expandable to 30,000 square feet of data hall space.
  • SaskTel recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People for the fifth time by Mediacorp Canada Inc. Find out more by visiting the Mediacorp site.
  • SaskTel announces that SaskTel Select Wi-Fi provides SaskTel customers with free and unlimited internet access on over 4100 access points in over 1,700 locations spread across 23 communities in Saskatchewan, making it the largest Wi-Fi network available in the province.
  • SaskTel recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for the seventh time by Mediacorp Canada Inc.
  • Completed LTE expansion across Saskatchewan. The SaskTel LTE network now covers 99% of the population of the province, making it the largest in Saskatchewan by a wide margin and the largest geographic continous LTE network in Canada.
  • Named one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers for the 11th consecutive year.
  • SaskTel is named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. This is the ninth consecutive year that SaskTel has received this recognition
  • SaskTel ranked first in J.D. Power's 2017 TV and Internet Satisfaction Study. This is the fifth consecutive year SaskTel received this recognition. For more information, read the related news release.
  • SaskTel announces infiNET is available to more than 200,000 homes and businesses throughout Saskatchewan, making the project more than 60% complete.

2016

  • SaskTel tied for the first place ranking for overall network quality for the West in the J.D. Power & Associates 2016 Canadian Wireless Network Quality Satisfaction Study.
  • SaskTel has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People by MediaCorp Canada Inc. for the fourth time.
  • SaskTel is recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the sixth year by MediaCorp Canada Inc.
  • SaskTel has been named of one Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for the tenth consecutive year by MediaCorp Canada Inc.
  • SaskTel has been recognized by MediaCorp Canada Inc. as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the eighth year.
  • SaskTel in partnership with Cameco and SaskPower announces a plan to complete a 3 year $30-million-dollar project, rebuilding the back-haul network in Northeastern Saskatchewan.
  • SaskTel places first in J.D. Power’s Canadian Wireless Purchase Experience Satisfaction Study.
  • SaskTel announces a $1.4 billion capital investment in Saskatchewan over the next five years.
  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders Imagine No Bullying School Presentations, presented by SaskTel, wins Canadian Football League’s Rouge Award in the category of Best Community Initiative.
  • SaskTel and the University of Regina announce they have partnered to be the first in Canada to deploy a new wireless technology, known as HetNet (Heterogeneous Networks). The technology, manufactured by Huawei Technologies, was installed in the Kinesiology building and Riddell Centre at the university.
  • SaskTel tied for the first place ranking for overall network quality for the West in the J.D. Power & Associates 2016 Canadian Wireless Network Quality Satisfaction Study.
  • SaskTel has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People by MediaCorp Canada Inc. for the fourth time.
  • SaskTel is recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the sixth year by MediaCorp Canada Inc.
  • SaskTel has been named of one Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for the tenth consecutive year by MediaCorp Canada Inc.
  • SaskTel has been recognized by MediaCorp Canada Inc. as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the eighth year.
  • SaskTel in partnership with Cameco and SaskPower announces a plan to complete a 3 year $30-million-dollar project, rebuilding the back-haul network in Northeastern Saskatchewan.
  • SaskTel places first in J.D. Power’s Canadian Wireless Purchase Experience Satisfaction Study.
  • SaskTel announces a $1.4 billion capital investment in Saskatchewan over the next five years.
  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders Imagine No Bullying School Presentations, presented by SaskTel, wins Canadian Football League’s Rouge Award in the category of Best Community Initiative.
  • SaskTel and the University of Regina announce they have partnered to be the first in Canada to deploy a new wireless technology, known as HetNet (Heterogeneous Networks). The technology, manufactured by Huawei Technologies, was installed in the Kinesiology building and Riddell Centre at the university.

2015

  • SaskTel has partnered with Apx Consulting on a project to trial a Building Tactical Information System with the Prince Albert Police Service. This is the first such system to be deployed by a Police Department in North America.
  • SaskTel receives high marks in the J.D Power study for wireless purchase satisfaction, ranking #2 among wireless carriers.
  • J.D Power ranks SaskTel Highest in the west region for television and interNET customer satisfaction for the third consecutive year.
  • J.D Power ranks SaskTel number one in wireless network quality for the west region.
  • SaskTel achieves the highest ranking in customer care across Canada among wireless carriers in the J.D Power 2015 Canadian Wireless Customer Care Study℠
  • SaskTel launches SaskTel Wavelength service, a solution that offers businesses up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of dedicated bandwidth to support latency sensitive networking applications. The new service provides protection for disaster recovery, off-site data back-up, and inter-connection of storage area networks.
  • SaskTel launches a new mobile payments solution on 22 Apr 2015. The solution allows customers to make purchases using only their mobile device and their banks mobile payments application. At launch, the service is available to TD customers.
  • SaskTel is named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People by MediaCorp Inc. for the third time
  • SaskTel is named one of Canada's Top Employers for Canadians over the age of 40 for the sixth time by MediaCorp Canada Inc.
  • SaskTel is recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for the fifth time by MediaCorp Canada Inc.
  • SaskTel announced the launched of a new billing system (Astra) for wireless services. The system will provide customer with a simplified bill that is streamlined and easier to understand. The new billing system will also allow customers to manage data caps more efficiently and manage spending limits by setting a maximum balance that can be reached per wireless device.
  • A second SaskTel Store opened in Regina on 30 Mar, 2015 at 4725 Gordon Road in Harbour Landing.
  • SaskTel announced that as a result of the successful migration of WBBI (Wireless Broadband interNET) customers to the new High Speed Fusion interNET service, a fixed wireless LTE-TDD service, SaskTel officially shut down the WBBI service on January 30, 2015. High Speed Fusion interNET service will provide customers with more than twice the speed that was possible with its former WBBI service. SaskTel was the first to offer this service in North America.
  • SaskTel announced it will be adding additional capacity to its 4G wireless network in 17 resort communities across rural Saskatchewan to address the ever-growing customer demand. SaskTel is the first and only provider to extend wireless coverage to resorts.
  • SaskTel is named one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers by MediaCorp Canada Inc. for the ninth consecutive year.

2014

  • SaskTel is presented with the J.D. Power & Associates 2014 Award for Highest Wireless Customer Satisfaction in Canada for the third consecutive year. 
  • SaskTel is presented with the J.D. Power & Associates 2014 Award for Highest in West Region for Both Television and interNET Customer Satisfaction for the second consecutive year. 
  • For the 15th consecutive year, SaskTel was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. Since the awards inception in 1999, SaskTel remains the only Saskatchewan-based business that has made the list every year. 
  • The City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Place Association and SaskTel, Saskatchewan’s leading communications provider announced the expansion of their long-standing partnership to include the naming rights for Saskatoon’s Premier Sports, Trade and Entertainment facility (currently Credit Union Centre). 
  • SaskTel celebrates 25 years of wireless service, now serving over 600,000 customers. 
  • maxTV Online becomes maxTV On the Go, an on-demand video and music streaming service available free to residential maxTV subscribers. Customers can stream content, including a great selection of movies to rent, on their computers and on their Apple and Android tablets and smartphones. 
  • SaskTel completes upgraded CommunityNet interNET speeds for approximately 500 schools across the province. CommunityNet is a dedicated, wide-area network delivered by SaskTel that connects executive government, health and education sectors in the province to the interNET.
  • Saskatchewan Government partners with SaskTel "I Am Stronger" to expand options for children and youth to report bullying with a mobile-enabled anonymous anti-bullying online reporting tool. 
  • 4G LTE wireless technology is expanded rapidly throughout Saskatchewan. 
  • Named one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the eighth consecutive year. 
  • Named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the fourth consecutive year. 
  • SaskTel, Prairie Mobile Communications and Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) Resource Development announced the launch of Red Eagle Cellular as a new Authorized SaskTel cellular dealer. 
  • Named one of Canada’s Top Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the 6th consecutive year. 
  • Named one of Canada's Top Employers for both Young People and Workers over 40 by Mediacorp Canada Inc for the second time. 
  • SaskTel and Yorkton Regional High School, a part of Good Spirit School Division, announced a partnership that culminates in a newly created Memorandum of  Understanding (MOU) that will serve to advance their joint efforts to increase  and promote learning and career opportunities for local youths.

2013

  • SaskTel launches the Lost and Stolen Mobile Devices Service that gives our customers the reassurance that, should their phone be lost or stolen, it can not only be suspended by SaskTel, but customers will also have the opportunity to blacklist their device, essentially making the phone unusable. 
  • In Feb 2013, Cisco announced SaskTel as a Gold Certified partner, having met rigorous standards in business practices, network competency, technology skills, service, support and customer satisfaction. The move puts SaskTel in the same class as the best Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies in the world. 
  • SaskTel maxTV officially reached 100,000 customers across the province. maxTV was Canada’s first and is still Saskatchewan’s only interNET Protocol TV (IPTV) offering. maxTV also sports a new, more technologically sophisticated logo. 
  • The next evolution in wireless technology, 4G LTE, is introduced and expanded rapidly throughout Saskatchewan. 
  • One of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the seventh consecutive year. 
  • One of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the third consecutive year. 
  • One of Canada’s Top Employers for People over 40 by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the fourth time. 
  • One of Canada's Top Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the 5th consecutive year. 
  • Named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People by Mediacorp Canada Inc. It is the first time SaskTel has been recognized for the benefits it offers its youth employees. 
  • For the 14th consecutive year, SaskTel was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. SaskTel is the only Saskatchewan-based business to make the list every year since the award’s inception. 
  • SaskTel Pioneers celebrate 20 year partnership with Computers for Schools. 
  • SaskTel announced plans to evolve its wireless and broadband networks to continue to provide high quality services in rural Saskatchewan. 
  • SaskTel announced the formal launch of a new anti-bullying campaign, I am Stronger, to engage Saskatchewan youth on the issue of bullying.

2012

  • SaskTel  reports 2011 net income of $154.0 million, up $4.5 million (3.0%) from 2010 and operating revenues of $1,125.8 million, up $12.8 million (1.2%) from 2010
  • SaskTel is ranked number one in overall customer satisfaction in the Full Service Provider category among all of the major carriers (including Telus, Rogers, Bell and MTS) in the 2012 Canadian Wireless Total Ownership Experience Study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates.
  • SaskTel announces  the launch of infiNET, the SaskTel new Fibre Optic Network. infiNET is the official name for the Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) Program, a seven-year $670 million dollar investment to deploy fibre directly to homes and upgrade the broadband network in the nine largest urban centres in the province.
  • SaskTel was recognized by Mediacorp Canada Inc. in its list of Canada's Top 100 Employers for the 13th consecutive year.
  • SaskTel announces agreement with Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, to launch a TDD-LTE (Long Term Evolution) fixed wireless trial in Saskatchewan.  The trial launch will mark Canada’s first 2.5 GHz TDD-LTE deployment.
  • The SaskTel We See You program was awarded the Global Best Award from the International Partnership Network in the category of Partnerships that Support Health, Well-Being and Learning in the Americas. The program was also nominated as best practice in the Global category.

2011

  • SaskTel reports 2010 as its best operating year ever highlighted by a net income of $155.2 million and operating revenues of $1,112.4 million.
  • SaskTel was recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers and one of Saskatchewan Top Companies by MediaCorp Canada Inc. SaskTel has had the distinction of being a part of this prestigious group of employers since the awards were introduced, and is the only Saskatchewan-based company to make the list twelve times.
  • SaskTel was ranked the highest in overall customer satisfaction in the West region in the 2011 Canadian Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates (in Nov 2010 and Feb 2011). SaskTel also ranked first in the West in four individual categories: network quality, account management, customer service, and offerings and promotions.
  • SaskTel launched first phase of its Fibre to the Premises network at University of Saskatchewan College Quarters.
  • The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan honoured SaskTel with an Exceptional Engineering/Geoscience Project Award for the work involved in the 4G Network.

2010

  • In August, SaskTel launched the the most extensive 3G+ network in Saskatchewan.
  • In June, SaskTel celebrated its 100th employee blood donor clinic since 1965.
  • In April, SaskTel is named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the second straight year – the only Saskatchewan-based company to make the list in 2010.
  • In March, SaskTel subsidiary DirectWest announced the launch of an innovative mobile phone application that would allow BlackBerry and iPhone users quick and easy access to an enhanced SaskTel Phonebook.

2009

  • In October, SaskTel is named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. and is the only Saskatchewan-based company to make the list 10 years in a row.
  • In October, SaskTel, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and zu introduce the Rider App, the first of its kind in the Canadian Football League. The Rider App provides scores, stats, schedules and more over a mobile device.
  • On August 8th SaskTel celebrates 20 years of providing wireless phone service.
  • In June, SaskTel announced the launch of SaskTel Satellite interNET powered by Xplornet, providing coverage to all areas of Saskatchewan not able to receive SaskTel High Speed interNET.
  • In May, SaskTel subsidiary SecurTek, along with its partner Home Automated Living, announced the launch of the SecurTek Home Manager service – a centralized, whole-home automation system that was the first of its kind in Canada. SecurTek Home Manager is a voice command home automation system that allows customers to automate their home’s environmental, power and entertainment systems.

2008

  • On November 28th a SaskTel customer activated the 500,000th wireless device on the SaskTel digital network.
  • In November, the Government of Saskatchewan and SaskTel announced that Saskatchewan would have 100% high speed interNET coverage within three years as a result of a new Rural Infrastructure Program.
  • In July, SaskTel and Alcatel-Lucent announced the launch of LifeStat™ Remote Monitoring and Health Management, a service that records and transmits daily blood glucose and blood pressure readings, automatically creating confidential, easy-to-use reports that can be viewed online by the client, their caregivers, and the client’s healthcare professionals.
  • In February, SaskTel introduced EV-DO Rev A cellular service in Regina and Saskatoon as part of a plan to expand the service to communities across the province. EV-DO enables faster speeds and access to new wireless data services including web browsing, content downloads and video streaming.
  • In January, SaskTel signed a video-on-demand distribution agreement with Disney-ABC International Television for feature films from Walt Disney Pictures, Disney Animation, Pixar and Touchstone Pictures. With this agreement, SaskTel Max™ customers now had access to films from every major studio, on demand and commercial-free.

2007

  • After releasing 2006 financial results, SaskTel exceeds $1 billion in revenues for the first time in its history.
  • SaskTel is the first provider in Canada to offer Voice Mail to Text service, powered by SpinVox.

2006

  • In Oct, SaskTel was the first in North America to deliver HDTV over IP due to its Next Generation Access Infrastructure (NGAI) investment. SaskTel will make a capital investment of over $310 million through 2010 significantly increasing bandwidth to the home..
  • In Sep, SaskTel is the first in Canada to launch Say & Send messaging service, a service that enables SaskTel postpaid cellular customers to record voice messages and send them instantly to other SaskTel cellular customers.
  • SaskTel introduced Centrex IP, which used interNET protocol technology to provide business customers lower rates than traditional Centrex service along with the ability to manage their own telephone moves and changes.

2005

  • SaskTel was one of first in Canada to introduce the third generation of wireless technology, Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO), which will bring wireless interNET speeds up to par with landline high speed interNET service.

2004

  • SaskTel was the first service provider in Canada to offer a managed residential gateway service with WiFi capability and enhanced features such as parental controls, content filtering, remote access, and firewall as a standard offering.

2003

  • SaskTel was the first telecommunications company in North America to offer a video-on-demand service – Max Front Row™ Service.

2002

  • SaskTel was one of the first in Canada to offer IPTV – Max™ Service .

1996

  • SaskTel was the first in North America to offer high speed interNET service using Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology.

1995

  • SaskTel was at the forefront in Canada to offer universal interNET access to both urban and rural residents, and the first in Canada to offer it with no long distance charges.

1994

  • SaskTel was the first in Canada to offer a long distance savings plan to customers – Real Plus™.

1992

  • SaskTel was one of the first major sponsors in Saskatchewan to form a partnership with TRLabs – beginning a long-term commitment to telecom research and development with the research consortium.

1991

  • SaskTel was the first in Canada to offer Custom Calling features (now renamed SaskTel Calling Features) – Call Display, Call Trace and Call Return.

Early 1990's

  • SaskTel was the first telecommunications company in Canada to complete its rural individual line service program, eliminating party lines throughout Saskatchewan.

1987

  • Since 1987, SaskTel has invested close to $2.8 billion in its world-class infrastructure in Saskatchewan that offers residents and business owners the ability to connect to the global marketplace in ways they never could before.

1985

  • SaskTel is a world leader in fibre optics - no more evident than SaskTel's key role in the largest construction project of the 20th century - helping install and test the communications system in the Channel Tunnel linking England and France.

1984

  • SaskTel was the first in the world to complete what was then the longest commercial fibre optic network.