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SaskTel Launches High Speed Fusion Internet Service to Remaining 43 WBBI Towers

SaskTel Launches High Speed Fusion Internet Service to Remaining 43 WBBI Towers

SaskTel is pleased to announce the launch of SaskTel High Speed  Fusion Internet Service, a new fixed wireless LTE-TDD service, for its Wireless  Broadband Internet (WBBI) customers receiving WBBI service on the 43 remaining  WBBI towers across the Province.  SaskTel  is required to return the spectrum required to operate WBBI to Industry Canada  and will be migrating all existing WBBI customers to the new High Speed Fusion  service prior to the end of 2014.


“We have had a successful launch of High Speed Fusion Internet on  the first 12 WBBI tower locations and we are now rolling out this service to  all remaining WBBI customers,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “This  is a brand new technology for Saskatchewan and Canada that provides our WBBI  customers with more than twice the speed of the existing WBBI service.”


SaskTel High Speed Fusion Internet Service will initially be  available only to existing WBBI customers and will be the recommended Internet  choice for these customers.  Customers  can also choose SaskTel Satellite Internet service (legacy satellite service) or  4G mobile Internet service if they are in a 4G coverage area.  We anticipate High Speed Fusion Internet  Service will be available to any new customers within the coverage area of the 55  WBBI towers by the fourth quarter of 2014.


SaskTel High Speed Fusion Internet Service will be available for  $79.99 per month and will offer download speeds of up to 5 Mbps. With a  download speed of 5 Mbps customers can download 10 photos as quick as 1 minute,  download 15 songs as fast as 2 minutes or download a (regular/standard) movie  in just 45 minutes.   Existing WBBI  customers will be eligible for a special conversion offer including free  installation, no equipment purchase required and a special credit of $200.  This offer is valued at over $800.


A tentative deployment schedule is attached and WBBI customers  receiving service from these 43 towers will be required to migrate to a new  service. Customers will be notified after the deployment of the High Speed  Fusion Internet Service in their location. 



About SaskTel


SaskTel  is the leading Saskatchewan-based Information and Communications Technology  (ICT) provider, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million  customer connections including 615,694 wireless accesses, 467,957 wireline  network accesses, 254,873 Internet and data accesses, and 101,147 maxTV  subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of ICT products and services including  competitive voice, data, Internet, entertainment, national security, messaging,  cellular, wireless data, and data centre services. SaskTel and its wholly-owned  subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees  (FTEs).



For media inquiries only, please  contact:


Michelle Englot, SaskTel Director of  External Communications

306-777-4476  

michelle.englot@sasktel.com

 



Appendix A – Internet Service Options

Existing WBBI Service

Monthly Service Fee

Download speed (up to)

Upload speed (up to)

Basic WBBI

$59.95

2 Mbps

256 kbps

WBBI Extra

$299.95

3 Mbps

640 kbps

SaskTel High Speed Fusion Internet Service

Monthly Service Fee

Download speed (up to)

Upload speed (up to)

Basic

$79.95

5     Mbps

1 Mbps

SaskTel  Satellite Internet Service

Monthly Service Fee

Download speed (up to)

Upload speed (up to)

SaskTel Satellite Internet (Basic)

$68.99

3 Mbps

128 kbps

SaskTel Satellite Internet (Enhanced)

$88.99

3 Mbps

256 kbps


 
  4G  Mobile Internet Plans                                               


     

Monthly fee

Canada-wide data included1

$25

500MB

$30

1GB

$55

4GB

$75

8GB

1Additional data is $0.03 per MB in Canada.





Appendix B - Tentative Deployment Schedule - 43 WBBI Towers

TOWER

TOWER READY DATE

VENDOR INSTALLS BEGIN

TOWER SHUTDOWN

Lajord

2-Jun-14

9-Jun-14

12-Sep-14

Regina East

2-Jun-14

9-Jun-14

12-Sep-14

Lumsden

2-Jun-14

9-Jun-14

12-Sep-14

Ft Qu'Appelle

2-Jun-14

9-Jun-14

12-Sep-14

Dysart

2-Jun-14

9-Jun-14

12-Sep-14

Lemberg

2-Jun-14

9-Jun-14

12-Sep-14

Peebles

2-Jun-14

9-Jun-14

12-Sep-14

Cochin

2-Jun-14

9-Jun-14

12-Sep-14

Kinistino

2-Jun-14

9-Jun-14

12-Sep-14

Prince Albert

2-Jun-14

9-Jun-14

12-Sep-14

Meath Park

16-Jun-14

9-Jun-14

12-Sep-14

Candle Lake

16-Jun-14

9-Jun-14

12-Sep-14

Paynton

30-Jun-14

7-Jul-14

3-Oct-14

Neilburg

30-Jun-14

7-Jul-14

3-Oct-14

Choiceland

7-Jul-14

14-Jul-14

3-Oct-14

Nipawin

7-Jul-14

14-Jul-14

3-Oct-14

Plenty

14-Jul-14

21-Jul-14

3-Oct-14

Netherhill

14-Jul-14

21-Jul-14

3-Oct-14

Eatonia

14-Jul-14

21-Jul-14

3-Oct-14

Hafford

21-Jul-14

28-Jul-14

3-Oct-14

Leask

21-Jul-14

28-Jul-14

3-Oct-14

Rosthern

28-Jul-14

4-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Hague

28-Jul-14

4-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Warman

28-Jul-14

4-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Saskatoon East

28-Jul-14

4-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Viscount

28-Jul-14

4-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Bruno

28-Jul-14

4-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Middle Lake

28-Jul-14

4-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Humboldt

28-Jul-14

4-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Annaheim

28-Jul-14

4-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Wimmer

28-Jul-14

4-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Dorintosh

28-Jul-14

4-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Strasbourg

31-Jul-14

7-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Raymore

31-Jul-14

7-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Lestock

31-Jul-14

7-Aug-14

24-Oct-14

Canora

4-Aug-14

11-Aug-14

14-Nov-14

Yorkton

4-Aug-14

11-Aug-14

14-Nov-14

Calder

4-Aug-14

11-Aug-14

14-Nov-14

Esterhazy

4-Aug-14

11-Aug-14

14-Nov-14

Etomami Lake

2-Jun-14

9-Jun-14

14-Nov-14

Elbow

14-Aug-14

21-Aug-14

14-Nov-14

Beechy

14-Aug-14

21-Aug-14

14-Nov-14

Stewart Valley

14-Aug-14

21-Aug-14

14-Nov-14