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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 announces the launch of 4G LTE roaming in the United States providing up to 10 times faster data speeds than 3G.

SaskTel expands LTE coverage for the first time to 62 towers in rural Saskatchewan increasing speeds in these areas by up to 10 times. The towers upgraded to LTE in rural areas include - the rural areas and communities around Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, along Highway 11 between Regina & Saskatoon and west of Highway 11, and communities along Highway 7 west of Saskatoon.

Launched High Speed Internet in the resort communities of Crystal Lake and York Lake.

Tripled Internet speeds in White Bear resort and White Bear IR.

SaskTel announced approval to proceed with purchasing a Tier III Data Centre in White City for $10.7 million, expanding its data centre footprint in Regina and area.

Completed upgrading the High Speed Internet service in nearly 2,700 homes across 26 communities in northern Saskatchewan.

Expanded LTE coverage for the first time to 96 towers that serve the rural areas and communities of western and southeastern Saskatchewan. The expansion of LTE is part of our commitment to invest over $300 million in capital in Saskatchewan in 2016/17 and $1.4 billion through 2016-2021.

Expanded High Speed Internet to 15 rural communities (Deer Valley, Ebenezer, Grasswood, Guernsey, Maryfield, Mervin, Neville, Pennant, Sceptre, Stenen, Tantallon, Togo, Tugaske, Veregin, and Yellow Creek).

Expanded LTE coverage for the first time to 146 towers that serve rural areas and communities across Saskatchewan. The Southwest and Southern parts of Saskatchewan are fully complete and SaskTel now has 92% of the province covered with LTE with full coverage anticipated by April 2017.

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 continuous LTE network in Canada.

2016

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.

Announced that residents living in Loon Lake will be able to enjoy the benefits of faster High Speed Internet with the introduction of High Speed Advanced Internet. High Speed Advanced Internet offers download speeds of up to 10 Mbps (megabits per second) which is up to twice as fast as High Speed Basic Internet.

SaskTel was named one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for the tenth consecutive year by Mediacorp Canada. SaskTel recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People for the fourth time by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

SaskTel launches infiNET™ in Weyburn.

SaskTel tables its 2015-16 annual report. Over the fifteen-month period of January 2015 to March 2016, SaskTel recorded a net income of $126.7 million on $1.5 billion.

SaskTel announces it will install High Speed Fusion Equipment on towers that serve rural areas around Baildon, Buffalo Pound, Cochin, Edenwold, Estevan, Lanigan and Melville. High Speed Fusion Internet service will be expanded to the rural areas around Greenstreet and Witchekan.

SaskTel releases its 2015/2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, showing support for 1,041 non-profit and charitable organizations, with community investment of $3.6 million in Saskatchewan.

SaskTel launches infiNET™ in Estevan.

SaskTel launches High Speed Basic and Advanced Internet service in Frobisher and Minton.

SaskTel announces the upgrading of High Speed Internet service in nearly 2,700 homes across 26 communities in northern Saskatchewan by the end of 2016.

SaskTel reached a major milestone in its Fibre To The Premise (FTTP) program.  SaskTel has completed the residential build for its fibre network in Moose Jaw, which makes Moose Jaw the largest fibre community in Western Canada.

September was marked as I Am Stronger month promoting the social cause to help fight bullying in local communities and schools.  In partnership with the Ministry of Education, SaskTel is encouraging youth to apply for a grant and help build awareness about bullying.

SaskTel announced that it is making significant strides to improve the broadband service in schools all across Saskatchewan since assuming the administrative responsibility for CommunityNet (CNET).  SaskTel has completed network bandwidth upgrades in over 40 schools.  In addition, SaskTel will be upgrading all primary schools in the province to a minimum of 25 Mbps, a 250% increase from the previous minimum standard.  Primary and secondary schools are also eligible for further bandwidth improvements based on proven demand.

SIMON, SaskTel’s in-house custom built application, marked its 25 anniversary in September.

The Honourable Dustin Duncan is named the Minister responsible for SaskTel.

SaskTel publicly launches its new consumer creative advertising platform which uses real people and replaces its fairy tale character creative.

SaskTel announces it has partnered with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and all Saskatchewan First Nations and Tribal Councils to bring dedicated Internet over fibre to 80 Saskatchewan First Nations offices and 10 tribal council offices.

SaskTel doubles internet speeds in Unity with the introduction of High Speed Advanced Internet.

SaskTel triples internet speeds in more Northern communities - residents of Deschambault Lake, Pelican Narrows, and Sandy Bay will now be able to enjoy the benefits of High Speed Internet that is more than 3 times faster than before.

SaskTel brings Netflix access to infiNET MaxTv customers and is the first television provider in the province to be able to bring this level of integration to its customers.

The Comfort Pack Challenge, held between 15 Sep and 25 Oct, saw SaskTel employees collecting and building backpacks to donate to Saskatchewan organizations that work directly with individuals who may be homeless or living unstable situations. Overall, over $13,000 was collected in personal donations and over 34,000 items collected, translating into more than 1,000 backpacks and 80 boxes of blankets to be donated to 22 organizations reaching 10 major centres across Saskatchewan.

Waterstone Human Capital released its 2016 Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ and SaskTel (the only Saskatchewan company on the list) was recognized in the broader public sector category.

SaskTel and the University of Regina announced 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 of Regina main campus.

Announced that residents living in Loon Lake will be able to enjoy the benefits of faster High Speed Internet with the introduction of High Speed Advanced Internet. High Speed Advanced Internet offers download speeds of up to 10 Mbps (megabits per second) which is up to twice as fast as High Speed Basic Internet.

SaskTel was named one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for the tenth consecutive year by MediaCorp Canada. SaskTel recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People for the fourth time by MediaCorp Canada Inc.

2015

New cellular towers serving the communities of Stony Rapids and Black Lake are fully operational with residents able to enjoy the benefits of SaskTel wireless service.

SaskTel enhances LTE capacity to its wireless network in Regina and Saskatoon, deploying additional carriers on 25 cellular sites in Regina and Saskatoon by the end of December 2015. These enhancements are expected to boost the LTE capacity of those sites by up to 100%.

TelCare program contributes $294,622 to 67 Saskatchewan non-profit organizations in 2015.

Announced that infiNET™, SaskTel’s new Fibre Optic Network, is coming next to the residential areas of Estevan and Weyburn.

New Roam & Relax Travel rates with significant rate reductions for roaming in the United States and in select international locations.

SaskTel continues to improve High Speed Internet access and speed in rural Saskatchewan, announcing 8 new rural communities will enjoy the benefits of SaskTel High Speed Internet service by mid-2016. High Speed Basic Internet will be deployed in Craven, Good Spirit Lake, and Madge Lake. High Speed Basic and Advanced Internet service will be deployed in Riverhurst, Frobisher, St. Benedict, Minton, and Alvena in mid-2016. The following 19 communities will have access to faster High Speed Internet service by the end of 2016 with the launch of High Speed Advanced: Davidson, Waldheim, Ogema, Frontier, Loon Lake, Debden, Codette, Rhein, Weldon, Rapid View, Shaunavon, Hudson Bay, Grenfell, Fort Qu’Appelle, Regina Beach, Buena Vista, Kenosee Lake, Macklin, and Unity.

Launched wireless cellular service with the turn up of a newly upgraded structure at Canoe Narrows that will serve the communities of Canoe Lake Cree First Nation, Jans Bay and surrounding area.

SaskTel doubles internet speeds in 10 rural communities: Codette, Davidson, Debden, Frontier, Grenfell, Ogema, Rapid View, Rhein, Waldheim, and Weldon now have access to High Speed Advanced Internet as well as High Speed Basic Internet.

Began construction of a new certified Tier III Data Centre in Saskatoon.

SaskTel receives approval from Industry Canada for the spectrum licence transfer of two blocks of AWS-1 spectrum from WIND Mobile. The spectrum transfer will allow SaskTel to increase the capacity and speed of its 4G LTE network in the 9 major urban centres in Saskatchewan.

Two new cellular towers serving the communities of Wollaston Lake and Fond Du Lac First Nation become fully operational in September 2015.. The extension of wireless cellular service to these Northern Communities was made possible through a partnership between SaskTel, Athabasca Basin Development and Huawei Canada.

SaskTel and SecurTek reach an agreement which will see SecurTek staff perform Directory Assistance and Toll Operator services. SecurTek takes over these functions end of November 2015.

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. This new service provides protection for disaster recovery, off-site data back-up, and inter-connection of storage area networks. Upon launch, the service is available to retail and wholesale business customers in Regina, White City, and Saskatoon.

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 as 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 announces investment of approximately $313 million in capital into SaskTel for 2015, with $177 million designated to the core network.

A second SaskTel Store opened in Regina on 30 Mar, 2015 located at 4725 Gordon Road in Harbour Landing.

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 customers 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.

SaskTel and employees participating in TelCare, SaskTel Employee Donation Benevolent Fund, contribute $313,261 to Saskatchewan non-profit organizations in 2014.

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 the completion of a two year rural program that provided residents in 54 communities in Saskatchewan access to High Speed Internet service and residents in an additional 251 communities access to at least double the speeds they previously had for High Speed Internet service. These expansions and upgrades were part of a comprehensive program to increase access to High Speed Internet in rural Saskatchewan. This was first introduced at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) 2013 annual conference and was completed at the end of 2014.

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.

SaskTel, DirectWest and The Pioneers ended the SaskTel Directory Recycling Program at the end of the 2014 collection year. The program operated with the help of Saskatchewan schools for over 20 years, recovering and recycling more than two million directories and teaching a generation of students the value of environmental stewardship. The program was discontinued in light of universal awareness of and access to recycling programs.

2014

SaskTel announces it will add additional capacity by the end of 2014 to its 4G wireless network in 111 communities in rural Saskatchewan to address the ever-growing customer demand.

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.

SaskTel releases its 2013 Transparency Report detailing the amount and types of requests received for customer information and the  legal requirements that govern its disclosure.

SaskTel celebrates 25 years of wireless service.

SaskTel replaces the obsolete Wireless Broadband Internet (WBBI) system with High Speed Fusion Internet Service, a new fixed wireless LTE-TDD service.

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 secured the naming rights to the former Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon. For the next ten years, we will be exclusive communications provider to the SaskTel Centre.

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.

SaskTel offers Phased Retirement, a new option that enables employees to transition into retirement by reducing work hours for up to two years, while enabling the transfer of their expertise prior to departure.

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.

SaskTel recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for the fourth time by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

SaskTel named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for the sixth year in a row by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

SaskTel sends its 15th SaskTel We See You shipping container filled with medical and education supplies for Malawi, Africa.

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.

SAEN (SaskTel Aboriginal Employees Network) celebrates its 20th anniversary at SaskTel.

SecurTek launches AIR MILES® Reward Program through authorized dealers across Canada.

2013

Regina & District TelCare donates more than $131,000 to 21 organizations.

 

SaskTel began converting existing DSL business customers in the downtown core areas of Saskatoon and Moose Jaw.

 

SaskTel International (SI) is honoured for the second consecutive year by PROFIT Magazine as one of Canada’s 50 Best Small and Medium Sized Employers.

 

SaskTel maxTV™ provides free live coverage of the SaskTel Men’s Tankard semi-final and final.

 

SaskTel announced that it will invest approximately $400 million in overall capital expenditures in 2013, with approximately $216 million dollars being allocated towards its core Saskatchewan network.

 

SaskTel is named one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the seventh consecutive year.

 

SaskTel achieves Cisco® Gold Certification. To earn Gold Certification, SaskTel was required to meet rigorous standards set forth by Cisco in networking competency, service, support, and customer satisfaction.

 

SaskTel is named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the third consecutive year.

 

SaskTel allocates the remaining monies in its deferral account to the Regina and District Association of Community Living (RDACL) to be used for the provision of telecommunications technology and training to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

 

SaskTel appoints Sean Devin as the new President and CEO of SaskTel International (SI).

 

SaskTel announces a comprehensive rural strategy at the SARM convention that includes plans to increase current internet speeds to 220 different rural communities, newly roll out DSL service to 50 rural communities and a commitment to completing a fibre backbone infrastructure project in Northern Saskatchewan.

 

SaskTel is named one of Canada’s Top Employers for People over 40 by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the fourth time.

 

2012

SaskTel was recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for the 13th consecutive year, and one of Saskatchewan Top Companies by MediaCorp Canada Inc.

 

PROFIT Magazine, in partnership with Queen’s School of Business, names SaskTel International (SI) one of Canada’s 50 Best Small and Medium Sized Employers.

 

SaskTel reported 2011 net income of $154.0 million, up $4.5million (3.0%) from 2010 and operating revenues of $1,125.8 million, up $12.8million (1.2%) from 2010.

 

The business of CIC Electric Service in Watrous, Saskatchewan is brought into the world of web-based customer service and smartphones, courtesy of a free technology makeover worth $50,000 as the winner of the Horizon & SaskTel Extreme Technology Makeover contest.

 

SaskTel launches infiNET, SaskTel’s new Fibre Optic Network infiNET is the official name for SaskTel’s 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 centers in the province - Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Swift Current,Yorkton, North Battleford and Prince Albert.

 

SaskTel celebrates 5 years of community programming with maxTV Local on Demand. When Local on Demand launched on December 13, 2006, SaskTel was the first service provider in Canada to offer community programming using a video on demand platform.

 

Seccuris and SaskTel announce a partnership to develop an Information Assurance Portal (IAP) which will provide a comprehensive set of information security services to small and mid-enterprise business customers in Saskatchewan, and across Canada.

 

SaskTel announces that they now serve 600,000 wireless customers throughout the Province of Saskatchewan.

 

SaskTel and Huawei today announced the signing of an agreement to launch a TDD-LTE (Long Term Evolution) fixed wireless trial in Saskatchewan. This is the first TDD-LTE 2.5GHz fixed wireless trial in Canada The trial will help determine the feasibility of wireless broadband and voice services for customers in predominantly rural locations.

 

SaskTel partners with En Stream to utilize their Secure Element Management (SEM) technology platform in order to enable customers to access a variety of new and exciting mobile commerce applications.

 

SaskTel and Saskatoon Public Schools partnered to transform a 40-foot shipping container into a fully operational shelter that was shipped to Arusha, Tanzania as part of the SaskTel We See You Program.

 

SaskTel and the Saskatchewan Abilities Council sign a newly created Letter of Understanding (LOU) to advance their joint efforts to increase and promote supported employment opportunities for people with disabilities across the province.

 

SaskTel provides a sponsorship to the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan capital campaign for $600,000.

 

SaskTel launches the first phase of its new 4G LTE wireless network with a technical trial announcement.

 

SaskTel and employees participating in TelCare, the Crown Corporation's Employee Donation Benevolent Fund, donate a total of $279,735 in Saskatchewan with a breakdown that includes: Regina and district $131,850, Saskatoon and district, $81,000, Estevan and district, $13,000, Moose Jaw and district, $12,000, North Battleford and district, $15,000, Prince Albert and district, $31,000, Swift Current and district, $16,200 and Weyburn and district,$5,400, and Yorkton and district, $7,500.

 

SaskTel is named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

 

SaskTel is named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for the fourth consecutive year by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

 

2011

SaskTel reached an agreement with PFM Capital for the sale of Hospitality Network Canada Inc. assets. The sale price net of working capital adjustments is $36.6 million.

 

SecurTek Monitoring Solutions Inc. acquired 1,300 customer accounts from one Saskatchewan based security monitoring provider and three providers in Alberta for approximately $1.1 million.

 

SaskTel classified its wireless network as 4G province-wide.

 

The Canadian Numbering Administrator advised that Saskatchewan's 306 area code is expected to exhaust its supply of telephone numbers by May 2013. New 639 area code is to be implemented across the province in 2013 using the overlay method as directed by the CRTC.

 

SaskTel invested $199 Million in its Saskatchewan network and approximately $670 million in a seven-year Next Generation Broadband Access Program. The program is designed to bring Fiber to the Premises and upgrade SaskTel's Broadband network in the nine largest urban centres in the province – Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Swift Current, Yorkton, North Battleford and Prince Albert by the year 2017.

 

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 announced launch of iPhone 4 in Saskatchewan.

 

SaskTel launched maxTV™ to 8 more locations across Saskatchewan – Canora, Esterhazy, Kamsack, Kindersley, Meadow Lake, Nipawin, Rosetown, Tisdale.

 

SaskTel announced plan to deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE), the next generation of wireless technology in 2012.

 

SaskTel launched first phase of its Fibre to the Premises network at University of Saskatchewan College Quarters.

 

SaskTel opened new stores complete with interactive displays in Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current.

 

SaskTel and Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region teamed up to pack and ship 40 foot container with medical equipment and supplies, clothing, toys and other items to orphanages and health clinics in Arusha, Tanzania.

 

SaskTel was recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers and one of Saskatchewan Top Companies by MediaCorp Canada Inc.

 

SaskTel was recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top 100 companies by Sask Business Magazine.

 

SaskTel was recognized as one of Regina's Top 50 companies by Post media Network.

 

SaskTel was named one of Canada's 50 Greenest Employers.

 

SaskTel was named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers.

 

SaskTel Pioneers (Chapter 59) received 17 awards at the Telecom Pioneers 84th Annual General Meeting.

 

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.

 

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geo scientists of Saskatchewan honoured SaskTel with an Exceptional Engineering / Geoscience Project Award for the work involved in the 4G network.

 

2010

The Saskatoon and District TelCare Chapter was presented with an Award of Merit from the Saskatchewan Lung Association at their Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon.

 

SaskTel was named Cisco's Western Canadian Partner of the Year. This prestigious award recognizes SaskTel's performance and achievements as a Cisco channel partner in Canada in 2009.

 

SaskTel was named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2010 by MediaCorp Canada Inc.

 

SaskTel was also recognized, for the eleventh consecutive year, as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

 

SaskTel Pioneers (Chapter 59) received 20 awards at the Telecom Pioneers 83nd Annual General Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

The SaskTel We See You program was awarded the 2010 Global Best award for Education in Meeting Global Challenges by the International Partnership Network(IPN).

 

Canadian Blood Services congratulates SaskTel and its employees on the occasion of SaskTel’s 100th Blood Donor Clinic in Regina.

 

SaskTel employees, high school students and others gathered at a SaskTel warehouse to fill a 40-foot shipping container with medical supplies, personal hygiene products, tents, hand-made teddy bears and other donated items for Haiti earthquake relief. This is the eighth SaskTel sponsored container sent to a developing nation since 2006.

 

SaskTel upgraded 210 High Speed Internet Basic communities from 1.5 Mbps to 5 Mbps.

 

The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) awarded SecurTek CSAA Five Diamond Certification for providing superior monitoring service in the North American security industry. SecurTek is just the fifth company in Canada to achieve CSAA Five Diamond Certification.

 

26 First Nations communities in Saskatchewan will receive access to high-speed Internet and cellular telephone service over the next three years though a combined investment of more than $16.8 million by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and SaskTel.

 

SaskTel makes a capital investment of $22 million to expand the Next Generation Access Infrastructure program (NGAI) to 14 more communities over the next two years.

 

SaskTel invested $239 million in its network in 2010. Residential and business customers in communities across the province received improved and expanded SaskTel services as a result of this major capital investment.

 

SaskTel released its 2009 financial results, highlighted by a net income of $129.0 million and operating revenues of $1.15 billion, up $13.7 million from 2008.

 

2000s

2009

SaskTel was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. This was the tenth consecutive year SaskTel received the award.

 

SaskTel was recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top 20 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

 

SaskTel was also named one of Canada's Greenest Employers by MediaCorp Canada Inc.

 

SaskTel was recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top 100 companies, ranked tenth, by Saskatchewan Business Magazine.

 

SaskTel Pioneers (Chapter 59) received 20 awards at the Telecom Pioneers International Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

SaskTel was presented with three Showcase Awards at the 2009 Saskatchewan Motion Picture Industry Association (SMPIA) Awards Gala.

 

SaskTel invested $220 million in its network, including $42.4 million from the Government of Saskatchewan for year one of a three-year Rural Infrastructure Program.

 

SaskTel launched a new cell phone recycle program called Phones for a Fresh Start.

 

SaskTel entered into an agreement with Bell and TELUS to collectively build the largest and best Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network in Canada.

 

SaskTel Labs, in partnership with Saskatoon-based zu, developed the Rider App for compatible mobile devices. The Rider App is SaskTel Labs' first commercial product.

 

SaskTel released its 2008 financial results, highlighted by a net income of $121.4 million, and operating revenues of$1,137.8 million.

 

2008

SaskTel celebrated its 100th anniversary.

 

Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame honoured SaskTel with a Special Recognition Award for SaskTel's contribution to the advancement of telecommunications in Canada.

 

SaskTel was recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

 

SaskTel was recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top 20 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

 

SaskTel Pioneers (Chapter 59) received 11 awards at the Telecom Pioneers International Conference in Austin, Texas including seven national awards and four international awards.

 

SaskTel received a Work and Family Balance award for its commitment to providing employees with opportunities to balance work and family life.

 

2007

Named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp. Canada Inc. for the eighth consecutive year. SaskTel also recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top 10 Employers.

 

SaskTel was recognized for an American Society for Training and Development BEST Award. The Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success or achievement as a result of employee learning.

 

SaskTel was the recipient of Cisco® Canada's Top Innovation Channel Partner Award for achieving the highest innovation ratings in 2006.

 

Recognized as a Top Saskatchewan company; ranked # 9 out of 50 companies.

 

SaskTel receives a second consecutive J.D Power award. The award recognized SaskTel's top ranking in customer satisfaction among companies that offer contracted wireless service.

 

SaskTel Pioneers were awarded the Chapter of Excellence award for overall volunteering excellence. SaskTel Pioneers won 15 awards in total at the Telecom Pioneers 80th Annual General Meeting.

 

SaskTel receives "Champion of Children" Award in recognition of SaskTel’s YOUTH network efforts with the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation.

 

After releasing 2006 financial results, SaskTel exceeds $1 billion in revenues for the first time in its history.

 

SaskTel International has been awarded a 3-year management contract to manage all aspects of the operations, maintenance and expansion of Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited.

 

SaskTel HP Signature Certified Partner status renewed through the HP Service Provider Certification Program. The program establishes SaskTel as an industry-leading hosting service provider operating in accordance with HP's stringent standards.

 

At the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council’s 11th Annual "Waste Minimization Awards" ceremony, SaskTel wins award in the 'Partnerships' category for the 'Computers for Schools' program.

 

TTCL (under SaskTel International) recognized for having the best pavilion at the Dar Es Salaam International Trade Fair, a major international promotional event organized by the Tanzania Board of External Trade.

 

2006

J.D. Power and Associates, a global market research firm, announced the results of its 2006 Canadian Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study, which revealed that SaskTel ranks the highest in customer satisfaction with contracted wireless service for a second consecutive year.

 

SaskTel is the first in North America to deliver HDTV over IP due to its Next Generation Access Infrastructure investment. SaskTel will make a capital investment of$136.5 million in NGAI in 2006 and over $310 million through 2010 bringing fiberoptic cable closer to customers’ home significantly increasing bandwidth to the home.

 

Named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for the seventh year in a row.

 

In September 2006, SaskTel launched Say & Send messaging service, a service that enables SaskTel post paid cellular customers to record voice messages and send them instantly to other SaskTel cellular customers. SaskTel is the first communications company in Canada to launch this type of service.

 

SaskTel received the 2006 AGEN (Aboriginal Government Employees Network) Industry Award for Aboriginal Participation. It is the latest recognition for the company's commitment to strengthening its relationships with Aboriginal communities by promoting business development, career opportunities and overall corporate commitment.

 

Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services recognized SaskTel as an important community partner through the presentation of a Community Partner Award.

 

SaskTel won the Inter provincial Association for Native Employment (IANE) Ivan Ahenakew Award for outstanding contributions to the employment of Aboriginal peoples. This award is given to any business, company, government department or Aboriginal organization that has shown results in the areas of Recruitment and Training of Aboriginal personnel for employment and training for the current year.

 

Nymity, an Ontario-based privacy research firm, recognized SaskTel with a national award for its corporate commitment to privacy and confidentiality, and named SaskTel as one of the top 10 Canadian companies with a superior privacy policy.

 

SaskTel announces through 2010 it will make a capital investment of $310 million in its Next Generation Access Infrastructure (NGAI) which will provide increased bandwidth to customers. SaskTel's total capital investment in its network for the year will be approximately $245 million, with $136.5 million dedicated to NGAI.

 

For the third straight year, the Telecom Pioneers international volunteer organization awards the SaskTel Pioneers the President's Award for overall volunteering excellence. In all, the SaskTel Pioneers won 12 awards at the Telecom Pioneers 79th Annual General Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

 

At the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction council’s 10th Annual Waste Minimization Awards ceremony, SaskTel wins an award for its directory recycling program. The Corporate Leadership award was also presented to SaskTel for its environment strategy.

 

SaskTel received the SEEDA (Saskatchewan Employment Equity and Diversity Association) EDDY award in recognition of its commitment to people with disabilities and recently formed SaskTel Employee Network on Disability(SEND) affinity group.

 

SaskTel was selected for Canadian Business magazine's first ever 'Best Workplaces in Canada' list for 2006. SaskTel ranked 28th on the list, which selects companies based on the criteria of responses to an employee survey and results from an external review of organizational culture.

 

SaskTel launches its new SaskTel 10-4Service to give customers greater calling flexibility than ever before. With this Push-To-Talk service, SaskTel cellular customers using a Sanyo 2300 cellular phone can use their phone much like a walkie-talkie.

 

SaskTel announces $1 million in support of the University of Saskatchewan and the Royal University Hospital Foundation.

 

SaskTel partnered with over 140 private Saskatchewan businesses in over 50locations.

 

SaskTel spent more than $277 million on materials and services from Saskatchewan suppliers.

 

SaskTel donated $3,639, 608 to 1644non-profit and charitable organizations.

 

SaskTel Pioneers contributed $383,553 and 85,000 hours of volunteer time.

 

SaskTel TelCare donated $221, 728, which is matched by 50% by SaskTel, for a total of $332, 591 to 150 Saskatchewan charities.

 

2005

SaskTel is chosen as the service provider to deliver high-speed internet service to customers in 35 northern Saskatchewan communities as part of the Northern Broadband Network (NBN) Initiative to build the Northern Broadband project, an $11.6 million endeavor co-funded by Industry Canada’s Broadband for Rural and Northern Development program, the Canada-Saskatchewan Northern Development Agreement, the Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement and SaskTel. SaskTel commits approximately $6.1 million in capital and operating costs.

 

SaskTel launches maxTV Caller ID, displays the name and number of the incoming call on the TV during the first ring, in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Swift Current, Estevan and Weyburn.

 

SaskTel enters into a multi-year Video-on-Demand distribution agreement with Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI). SPTI will provide movies for SaskTel's maxTV Front Row™ Video-on-Demand service.

 

SaskTel Mobility announces that over the next two years it will further invest up to $28 million in its digital cellular network in Saskatchewan. This will bring SaskTel Mobility's total investment in digital cellular since 1998 to $120million.

 

SaskTel announces it has entered a two-year Video-on-Demand (VOD) distribution agreement with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, which will provide current movies for viewing on SaskTel's maxTV Front Row™ Video-on-Demand service.

 

SaskTel invests more than $116 million to maintain and upgrade its provincial network.

 

The SaskTel Pioneers receive a large number of national and international awards at an international meeting of the Telecom Pioneers in San Antonio, Texas.

 

SaskTel announces it has entered into a non-exclusive Video-on-Demand (VOD) agreement with Paramount Pictures in Canada.

 

SaskTel 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.

 

SaskTel named one of Canada’s Top100 Employers for sixth year in a row.

 

J. D. Power and Associates independent study of customer satisfaction rates for Canadian wireless industry names SaskTel first in Canada for customer service. SaskTel donates $3, 639,608 to 1,644 non-profit and charitable organizations.

 

2004

The Telcare program raised more than $400,000 in 2004.

 

SaskTel announced a $500,000 donation to the University of Regina's Building Dreams and Futures campaign. The money raised in the campaign will be used for the priority areas of the University of Regina --- student support; research support; Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport; the 2005 Canada Games; and emerging priorities.

 

SaskTel International announced a $6.2 million contract to complete a rural network infrastructure project in Mozambique. The project means SaskTel will upgrade and implement service to over 175,000 square kilometers of the African country.

 

SaskTel announced Community Net II, an initiative that will expand the SaskTel high speed internet network to an additional 71 communities in Saskatchewan. Once complete, 86 percent of Saskatchewan people will have access to high speed internet.

In October, SaskTel received the Aboriginal Government Employees Network (AGEN) Industry Award as an organization that builds and strengthens relationships with Aboriginal communities by promoting business development, career opportunities and overall corporate commitment.

 

For the fifth consecutive year, SaskTel has been named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, a recognition that acknowledges outstanding employers that lead their industries in attracting and retaining quality employees.

 

SaskTel, along with SaskEnergy, Trans Gas, Sask Pipelines and other pipeline companies, announced a partnership to provide a centralized toll free number for cable locates in Saskatchewan called "Sask 1st Call".

 

SaskTel International announced a new $650,000 infrastructure project for Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) and a $250,000 contract to conduct a comprehensive assessment of rural telecom infrastructure in Ukraine. SaskTel was also formally recognized by the Government of Canada for its on going work with telecommunications projects in developing countries.

 

SaskTel Mobility announced more enhancements to digital cell phones with a wider variety of graphics, ring tones and games that can be downloaded.

 

SaskTel Mobility announced expansion plans for northwest Saskatchewan with a $5.5 million investment designated for the Alberta / Saskatchewan border, north of Lloyd minster.

 

SaskTel announced the investment of more than $121 million to maintain and upgrade its provincial network in 2004, allowing Saskatchewan residents and business owners to connect to the global marketplace.

 

SaskTel Mobility also announced a $12 million investment in its digital cellular network in Saskatchewan. This investment will enhance cellular coverage through improvements to existing coverage areas and the construction of new towers along the Saskatchewan oil patch in the southeast and northwest parts of the province,and along some highway corridors.

 

In February, SaskTel International was labeled "telecom provisioning king" by industry expert, Telecom Research Institute (TRI). According to recently released market analysis by TRI, SaskTel International is the industry leader in supplying Operational Support System(OSS) solutions to North American local exchange carriers, beating out many better-known industry players.

 

In February, Hewlett-Packard (HP) presented SaskTel with one of its highest levels of achievement. In becoming the first hosting service provider in Canada to achieve Signature Certified status through the HP Service Provider Certification Program. The program establishes SaskTel as an industry-recognized service provider.

 

In January, Business Watch International (BWI), a SaskTel investment, announced the signing of a$1.12 million (CDN) contract with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) for the design and development of a regional pawn transaction data sharing system.

 

SaskTel announced "Community Net II", an initiative that will expand high speed service to 71 more communities in the province. will continue to lead the way in Canada in deploying high speed Internet service to rural communities through the Community Net II program.

 

SaskTel International announced plans to open an office in the United Arab Emirates to develop contract project and professional services opportunities.

 

2003

For fourth straight year, SaskTel was recognized as one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by MediaCorp Canada Inc.

SaskTel makes the Globe & Mail's 2004 list of "The Fifty Best Employers in Canada."

 

Another way SaskTel supports the provincial economy is by maximizing the Saskatchewan content of goods and services purchased. In2003, SaskTel spent $215 million on materials and services from over 4,100 Saskatchewan suppliers.

 

In 2003, SaskTel donated $1.7 million to over 1,500 organizations involved in health, educational, cultural, athletic ,Aboriginal, and community service activities in the province. This includes corporate contributions and sponsorships, as well as event marketing and social marketing.

 

In April, SaskTel announced the network investment of $156 million to maintain and upgrade its provincial network and continue to allow residents and business owners to connect to the global marketplace.

 

SaskTel expanded its high speed internet network to 114 additional Saskatchewan communities, for a total of 237 communities. The corporation remains Saskatchewan's number one internet service provider with high speed internet access currently available to 75% of the population, and an overall market share of approximately 70%.

 

SaskTel's High Speed Light service extended to eight communities in 2003.

 

In May, SaskTel received recognition for the work involved with maxTV service by being the recipient of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGS) for Exceptional Engineering / Geoscience Project. The APEGS regulates the practices of professional engineering and geoscience within the province and the award is granted to an individual or a team of professionals who demonstrate the highest professional performance related to delivering a significant project.

 

In September, SaskTel's maxTV™ Interactive Services celebrated its first anniversary. In its first year, more than 10,000 customers signed up for the service which allows customers to receive unlimited high speed internet service on their televisions and computers, as well as a full lineup of digital quality television channels, including local radio and television programming. During the same month, SaskTel also introduced maxTV Front Row (tm), a video-on-demand service that, unlike traditional pay-per-view service, means that customers do not have to watch movies through their set top boxes at pre-designated times. SaskTel was the first telecommunications company in North America to offer a video-on-demand service.

 

SaskTel announced a merger of Tappedinto.com, the subsidiary company which offers internet broadband streaming media and houses a technical operation centre in Regina with Stream logics Corporation. The merger positions the combined entity as Canada's largest provider of webcasting services, while further broadening the company's footprint in the US market.

 

In 2003, SaskTel Mobility invested over $31 million in capital, with the majority used for province-wide deployment of 1xRTT, a next generation digital packet data network. Also, SaskTel Mobility continued to aggressively expand its digital network with the deployment of 63 new digital sites, 8 of them providing cellular coverage to areas with no previous cellular coverage.

 

SaskTel Telcare's program continued to make impressive donations to Saskatchewan community organizations: $15,000 in North Battleford, $4,000 in Estevan, $7,000 in Moose Jaw, $7,000 in Swift Current, $100,000 in Saskatoon and $200,000 in Regina for a total, in 2003, of $339,957.37.

 

2002

SaskTel Mobility announced plans to invest up to $15 million in 2002 to bring digital cellular service to more Saskatchewan communities - a continuation of the largest expansion project ever for SaskTel Mobility.

 

SaskTel has become the first hosting service provider in Canada to achieve Hewlett-Packard Company's silver certification under the HP Service Provider Program (SPP) for its data centres.

 

SaskTel announced that it will be expanding its high speed internet service to 191 Saskatchewan communities over the next two years.

 

SaskTel announced a third internet option - SaskTel High Speed Light - for customers in Saskatchewan's major centres.

 

SaskTel was selected as one of three winners for the National Award for Learning Technologies in the Workplace. This award recognizes achievement in employee learning through effective use of learning technologies. SaskTel was also the only recipient of an Honourable Mention in the Global Best Awards, honouring achievement in employee and community investment programs that address the needs of children and foster readiness to learn.

 

The SaskTel Pioneers received three awards at the2002 Canadian Pioneers Annual Conference: two People Who Care Awards for the Regina Lutheran Home Therapy Gardens and for the Swift Current Pioneer Lodge Gazebo; and one Education Excellence Award for the Regina Senior Citizens' Centre Computer Lab.

 

The Saskatchewan Labour Force Development Board awarded SaskTel the Training for Excellence Award - Career Enhancement, which recognizes organizations that invest in the career development of their employees.

 

SaskTel officially launched maxTV Interactive Services -- an innovative new service that allows customers to have unlimited high speed internet on their TV and computer as well as a full lineup of digital quality television channels. SaskTel was one of the first in Canada to offer IPTV.

 

SaskTel International announced the largest software sale in its sixteen-year history -- a contract was signed with TDS Telecom to provide the MARTENS® Service Provisioning and MAGIC (Modular Application Gateway Interface Connector) software products and related services.

 

SaskTel makes Canada's Top 100 Employers list for the third year in a row.

 

SaskTel International was awarded a contract by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)to develop a telecommunications project in rural India.

 

2001

SaskTel announced another advanced data centre for Saskatchewan, continuing to grow and enhance its data and internet business. Based in Saskatoon, the data centre provides all customers with a wide range of reliable data storage and hosting services.

 

SaskTel was selected as the Conference Board of Canada's Top Employer of Youth in Saskatchewan for the second year in a row. This award is given to an organization that recognizes the value of enabling today's youth to participate in social and economic opportunities.

 

SaskTel Mobility announced the expansion of its digital cellular network, with the objective of completely overlaying the existing analog network within the next three years. SaskTel invested $24 million in this expansion, which builds the foundation for future high-speed wireless data applications.

 

SaskTel received the 2001 Saskatchewan Labour Force Development Board (SLFDB) Training for Excellence Award for the Promotion of Aboriginal Participation. This award recognizes the development of approaches to promoting Aboriginal employment in Saskatchewan.

 

SaskTel International celebrated 15 years of success in the global marketplace.

 

On July 31st, SaskTel announced the acquisition of RSL COM Canada (now known as Navigata) for approximately $17 million. The Vancouver-based company provides a full range of products including local service, long distance services, internet services, and high speed data services to customers located in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.

 

SaskTel announced that 27 more Saskatchewan communities will join SaskTel's high speed internet network before the end of the year.

 

SaskTel was recognized, for a second time, as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers.

 

For its work in bringing telephone service to Northwest Tanzania, SaskTel International (SI) received an award from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters for Improvement of Physical or Social Infrastructure. 

 

2000

Expanded analog cellular service to more than 90% of the Saskatchewan population and invested more than $12 million to build Saskatchewan's digital Personal Communications Services(PCS) network. 

 

Expanded the availability of SaskTel High Speed Internet service to more than 50% of the Saskatchewan population.

 

Became regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)effective June 30.

 

Presented an application to the CRTC for a Broadcasting Distribution Undertaking (BDU) license to offer Digital Interactive Video (DIV).

 

Received a number of honours, including:

  • being recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers;
  • being named as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Canada by the Report in Business Magazine; and
  • receiving The Top Employers of Youth Award and the Royal Bank Partners in Education National Award from the Conference Board of Canada.

Awarded an industry Canada Multi-point Communications Systems (MCS) spectrum license for Saskatchewan.

 

 

1990s

1999

SaskTel invested over $8.2 million in their network in order to bring high-speed internet access to new areas of the province.

A new company entered the SaskTel family with the creation of SecurTek, a remote monitoring service that offers residents and businesses a state-of-the-art security monitoring system for their property.

 

SaskTel Mobility made a commitment to invest $12.3 million to expand the digital PCS network, making SaskTel's digital coverage the largest in Saskatchewan.

 

SaskTel rigorously prepared for regulation by the CRTC which was expected to bring changes in the operating environment and impacts on future pricing, products, service development, and financial performance.

 

SaskTel rolled out a new strategic plan to take the corporation into the 21st century.

 

1997

SaskTel celebrated its 50th Anniversary as a Crown Corporation.

 

Marked SaskTel's first full year of long distance competition, which ended with a 92% market share, despite aggressive moves by other corporations to attract long distance customers.

 

SaskTel introduced the Core Network Evolution Plan (CNEP), a $194 million undertaking spread over six years, to develop our transmission and switching systems to a state of readiness for the future's high-band width telecommunications.

 

The First Nations Service Improvement Program was launched, bringing improved service to 58 First Nations and to over 1000 new customers.

 

SaskTel increased investment in Direct West Publishers from 50% to 100%.

 

1996

SaskTel became the first telecommunications company in Canada to deliver commercial high speed internet using ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) technology.

 

The year long distance competition arrived in Saskatchewan.

 

SaskTel experienced the first full scale strike in its history.

 

SaskTel Mobility signed up its 100,000th customer, leading to its success in achieving the second highest rate of market penetration among Mobility Canada member companies. SaskTel Mobility expanded its coverage to stretch 105,000 square kilometres beyond any competitor's coverage area.

 

The SaskTel Call Centre opened in the new Customer Care Centre in Regina - a state-of-the-art, fully-blended, and multi-functional telemarketing operation.

 

SaskTel signed a contract with the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology (SIIT) to create the first call centre in Canada owned  and operated by First Nations people.

 

1995

1995 was one of the busiest years in SaskTel history. The customer base exceeded 450,000, compared to 3,000 in 1908 when SaskTel was formed, and covered 98% of Saskatchewan homes.

 

Record profits of $191.8 million were recorded in 1995 due, in no small part, to the sale of LCL Cable Communications Ltd.

 

The Internet officially came to SaskTel in a big way. Saskatchewan had access to the internet through SaskNet, a service provided by the two Saskatchewan universities. SaskTel brought universality of service and moderation of prices to the  residents of Saskatchewan including being the only Internet provider in Canada to waive long distance dial-up charges for rural customers.

 

SaskTel affirmed its commitment to safety by continuing to provide 9-1-1 coverage to more than half of the province and announcing plans to increase the service to be province-wide by the year 2000.

 

1994

The exhaustion of the 160 existing area codes ushered in a new era of dialing for Saskatchewan residents, as the '306' area code now had to be dialed for all in-province long distance calls.

 

SaskTel International ended a four year commitment to the largest construction project of the 20th century, the English Channel Tunnel project. SaskTel International performed the design audit, detailed system and management audits, and provided installation and commissioning for the Channel Tunnel's telecommunications and control systems.

 

1993

The ownership of SaskTel was restructured to create both a holding corporation and a telco-operating company.

SaskTel announced a new five-year strategic plan, clearly stating SaskTel's vision of the future.

1992

1992 was a landmark year for the telecommunications industry as the CRTC allowed long distance competition in Canada. The Province of Saskatchewan was successful in negotiating a five year moratorium with the Government of Canada to have SaskTel remain outside of the CRTC's regulation. This moratorium would allow SaskTel to examine a regulatory framework that is in the best interests of the people of Saskatchewan.

 

1991

SaskTel offered its customers custom calling services - call display, call trace, and call return - networked between Saskatchewan communities, the first company to do so in Canada.

 

1990

The virtual completion of the largest single project in SaskTel's history, the $225 million individual line service program. The project provided advanced urban-quality line to rural customers through out the province. SaskTel was the first telecommunications company in Canada to complete its rural individual line service program, eliminating party lines through out Saskatchewan in the early 1990’s.

 

Introduced a program to convert SaskTel's facilities fully to computer-based digital technology.

 

1980s

1989

SaskTel International invested in Leicester Communications Limited (LCL), a cable/telecommunications company in the United Kingdom.

 

This was the year that SaskTel brought cellular service to the Province.

 

1987

A digital switching modernization program is announced which will result in Saskatchewan having an all-digital network in place by early 1996.

 

1986

SaskTel International was formed to market the corporation's expertise in advanced telecommunications technologies, particularly fibre optic systems, to clients around the world.

 

1985

The 5-year, rural individual line service program was started. The program upgraded some 70,000 multi-party line customers to individual line service.

 

1984

The completion of the world's longest commercial fibre optic system, 3,268 kilometres, initially connected 52 of Saskatchewan's largest communities. SaskTel was the first in the world in 1984 in completing what was then the longest commercial fiber optic network. SaskTel continues to be a world leader in fiber 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.

 

1982

The first link of the fibre optic Broadband Network (BBN), between Regina and Yorkton, was inaugurated in January.

 

1981

In 1981, there were about 670 telephones for every 1,000 people in Saskatchewan - a remarkable achievement given the topography of the province.

 

Direct Dialing Overseas (DDO) allows customers to direct dial their own overseas calls. This service was made available to a number of larger centres in Saskatchewan.

 

1980

Computerized directory assistance (DA) was put into service in major Saskatchewan cities. Now, instead of looking in large printed directories for a requested number, DA operators use keyboards and read listings displayed on view screens.

 

Late in 1980,SaskTel began construction of the world's longest commercial fibre optic network. This new technology converts all forms of messages to symbols of light and then transmits the messages on hair-thins strands of ultra-pure glass. Each strand of fibre optic cable can carry 672 telephone conversations (one way), or one video channel, or 45 megabits of data per second.

 

1970s

SaskTel became an acknowledged world leader in several areas during the 1970s and 1980s. Saskatchewan became the first province in Canada to have all toll lines buried.

 

Multi-line party telephone facilities were upgraded to private line service. A province-wide relay service for hearing impaired persons was also implemented.

 

1979

SaskTel installs the first digital switching system in the province, in the northern community of La Ronge.

1978

Saskatoon became the first city in Saskatchewan to offer 0+. For the first time customers were able to dial calls that had formerly required an operator. An operator need only come on the line to record pertinent information or complete collect calls and person-to-person calls, allowing faster, more efficient service.

 

1977

This year saw the milestone installation of the 500,000th telephone in the SaskTel system. There were 52,000,000 long distance calls.

 

Saskatchewan became the first province in Canada to have all toll lines buried when the last pole line, which ran between Melfort and Star City, was replaced.

 

1976

The corporation began a seven-year program which allowed rural telephone companies -some 700 in all - to be voluntarily assimilated into the SaskTel system. The program was completed ahead of schedule in 1982.

 

As common carrier for telecommunications signals in Saskatchewan, SaskTel began the construction of a CATV cable distribution system in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, and the Battlefords. Within two years, cable was in place to carry the signal from the cable programs to every subscriber in those four cities. In 1982, SaskTel purchased the CATV distribution system in Prince Albert.

 

1975

There were 400,000 telephones in service; 42,342,000 long distance calls.

 

1974

By mid-September, 1974, all of the telephones in the province were dial operated.

 

SaskTel installed its first computer-controlled electronic switching equipment for local service in Saskatoon. The equipment not only increased the speed and capacity of the telephone system, but also informed its human attendant what technical problems were developing via a typewriter.

 

1960s

The 1960s were a busy time for SaskTel. Direct distance dialing was introduced, eliminating the need for operators to handle all long distance calls; 7,000 previously unserved rural customers received telephone service for the first time; and push button or "touchtone" phones were available for the first time.

 

1969

An act of legislature was passed amending the Saskatchewan Government Telephones Act and the corporation became officially known as Saskatchewan Telecommunications. The trade name SaskTel had already been in use for several years.

There were 300,000 telephones in service with 18,272,000 long distance calls.

 

1968

A second microwave system, referred to as the Prairie Microwave Network, was completed and put into service.

Push button telephone service, commonly referred to as TouchTone, made its appearance in Saskatchewan. Advancements in central office equipment installations made this ultra modern subscriber service possible.

 

1966

SaskTel undertook a program to provide service to some 6,000 farms not served by rural telephone companies.

 

1964

Direct Distance Dialing (DDD) by the customer was first introduced to the province with the addition of the Regina and Saskatoon long distance centres to the continent-wide direct dialing network. Direct Distance Dialing service allows users to dial their own station-to-station long distance calls to almost anywhere on the North American continent.

 

 

1950s

In 1957, SaskTel completed its portion of the first trans-Canada microwave radio relay system. Live network television programs could now be transmitted coast-to-coast helping create the tradition behind broadcasts like "Hockey Night in Canada".

 

1958

A microwave system for voice communications only was installed between Regina and Weyburn, Regina and Estevan, and Regina and Yorkton.

 

The first automatic crossbar local switching system in Canada adapted for the switching of long distance calls was installed in Saskatoon. This system made it possible for long distance operators to connect subscribers' calls with ease, directly to the desired destination, without the assistance of operators at intermediate points along the way.

 

1957

SaskTel completed its portion of the Trans Canada Microwave System. Beaming signals from tower to tower, the system carries video, voice and data communications.

 

1955

Local service was first introduced to the province's most northerly community, Uranium City, on November 30.

 

1953

There were 100,000 SaskTel telephones in service, with 7,492,701 long distance calls.

 

 

1940s

1947

On June 1, the telephone system, created by an Act of the Legislature in 1908, became a provincial Crown Corporation, officially known then as Saskatchewan Government Telephones. The move was made in order to separate the commercial functions from the regulatory functions of the Department of Telephones, a department to deal with rural telephone matters.

There were 57,000 SaskTel phones in service, with 3,741,996 long distance calls placed in Saskatchewan.

 

1930s

 

1920s

SaskTel continued to upgrade its services through out the 1920s and 1930s. It was one of the founding members of the national Trans Canada Telephone System (TCTS), which changed its name to Telecom Canada and eventually Stentor.

 

North Battleford, Indian Head and Melfort were converted to dial operation.

 

1928

SaskTel installed the first Canadian-manufactured carrier system. This system, placed into service in October 1928, between Regina and Saskatoon, made it possible for four conversations to be transmitted simultaneously over the same pair of wires.

 

1923

SaskTel provided lines for the first church service broadcast in Canada. Later, in the same year, long distance lines were used for the first time in Saskatchewan to carry a music festival program from Prince Albert to Regina for radio broadcasting. 

 

Vacuum tubes had found their way into SaskTel's signal repeater equipment, strengthening and clarifying weak voice currents.

 

Before the 1920s

1919

Both Moose Jaw and Qu'Appelle were converted to automatic dial systems.

 

The Qu'Appelle exchange was the first in North America to operate as a Community Dial Office(CDO). A CDO is an automatic call switching office designed to serve a small community area with dial service.

 

1918

Swift Current was converted to an automatic dial system.

 

1915

Prince Albert was converted to an automatic dial system.

 

1914

An automatic dial system, housed in the telephone building at 12th Ave. and Lorne Street, was installed to serve Regina's residents. The automatic dial system served the city from January 1914 until November 1955, when it was replaced by the seven-digit numbering system.

 

1912

On June 30, Regina's telephone office was completely destroyed by the famous Regina Cyclone. Long distance service had been restored within 24 hours; local service was restored on a limited basis within six weeks of the cyclone.

 

By the close of 1912, a long distance network serving all major centres in the province, had taken shape. Some 3,170 miles of long distance pole lines were carrying over 11,850 miles of wire.

 

On December 1, 1912, Yorkton was added to the provincial [telephone] system with the purchase of the North West Electric Company.

 

1911

SaskTel expanded with the purchases of Saltcoats District Telephone Company, the North-Western Telephone Company (Saskatoon), and the Swift Current System.

 

By the end of 1911, nearly fifteen thousand local subscribers were connected to the [telephone] System's exchanges, in addition to which there were some 9,000 subscribers in the province's rural and independent companies.

 

1909

SaskTel built its first telephone exchanges at Hanley and Melville.

 

On October 1, SaskTel expanded its system by purchasing the Bell Telephone Company, the Saskatchewan Telephone Company, and the Wapella-Harris Telephone Company. The newly acquired facilities consisted of 18 telephone exchanges, 53 long distance offices, and 492 pole miles of long distance lines. Among the telephone exchanges purchased were those in Estevan, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, and Regina.

 

The number of SaskTel subscribers was 5,710 (3,412 local, 2,118 rural, and 180 municipal telephones).

 

1908

SaskTel, the major telephone system in the province, had its origin in the Department of Railways, Telegraphs and Telephones, which was established by the Telephone Acts , assented to on June 12, 1908.

 

1907

Saskatoon became one of the first Canadian cities to provide automatic exchange service.

 

1906

The Bell Telephone Company extended its long distance facilities from Manitoba to connect Winnipeg with Regina to provide long distance service.

 

1905

There were about 2,000 telephones in operation in the larger cities of Saskatchewan.

 

1887

The first telephone exchange in Saskatchewan was opened in Peter Lamont's bookstore on South Railway near Hamilton Street in Regina.

 

Emily Lander was the first telephone operator in Saskatchewan.

 

1882

Less than a decade after Bell's invention of the telephone, voices were being sent over a wire in Regina.