March 10, 2011
SaskTel is pleased to announce that its entire HSPA+ wireless network, built and powered by SaskTel, is now classified as 4G. According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) networks using "beyond 3G technologies" with a path to LTE-Advanced can be classified as 4G technology. SaskTel will also continue its evolution path to LTE by evolving its 4G wireless network to Dual Cell HSPA+ (DC-HSPA+) in Regina and Saskatoon by this summer.
The upgrade to Dual Cell technology will support download speeds of up to 42 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 5.7 Mbps. SaskTel will also be launching the Novatel Wireless MC547 Mobile Internet Stick, the first device to take advantage of the new Dual Cell technology, in late April. This device will be capable of super fast download speeds that will make web surfing, watching videos and staying connected with social media sites faster than ever before.
"SaskTel has remained committed to providing our customers with the most advanced wireless technology available," said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. "SaskTel has a solid technology evolution plan that will allow us to deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, which will theoretically reach download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps), on pace with larger national carriers."
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.15 billion in annual revenue and more than 1.4 million customer connections including more than 550,000 wireless accesses, 543,000 wireline network accesses, 225,000 Internet accesses and 77,000 Max™ (TV) subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services including competitive voice, data, Internet, entertainment, national security, messaging, cellular, wireless data and directory services. In addition, SaskTel International offers software solutions and project consulting in countries around the world. In 2009, SaskTel contributed more than $651 million to the Saskatchewan economy through dollars spent with Saskatchewan-based suppliers and sponsorships to non-profit organizations. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,800 employees. Visit SaskTel at www.sasktel.com.
Michelle Englot, SaskTel Corporate Communications
Phone: (306) 777-4476