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SaskTel increasing 4G capacity in 111 rural communities

SaskTel increasing 4G capacity in 111 rural communities

SaskTel today announced it will be adding 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. SaskTel will be adding a second 850 Mhz carrier in these 111 communities approximately doubling the network capacity in most locations.

"SaskTel understands the importance of providing communications services in rural areas and it will continue to enhance the wireless network to improve the customer experience," said Kevin Doherty, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. "SaskTel has made significant investments in providing cellular service in this province and is the only wireless provider that has and will continue to invest in rural Saskatchewan."

SaskTel uses a variety of infrastructure options to enhance wireless service based on usage patterns and demands. The addition of sectors and carriers increase network capacity by adding more radio frequency channels. Each additional carrier added to a site will increase the network capacity at that site by an incremental amount. Adding a second carrier approximately doubles network capacity. Going from two to three additional carriers increases network capacity by approximately 50 per cent above that and going from three to four additional carriers increases capacity by a further 33 per cent. Increasing sectors adds an antenna which further improves coverage and capacity.

Alameda

Green Lake

Middle Lake

Arcola

Green Street

Moosomin

Balcarres

Gull Lake

Netherhill

Beechy

Hafford

Nipawin

Benson

Hague

Onion Lake

Big River

Hanley

Oungre

Big River IR

Harris

Outlook

Blackstrap

Herbert

Outram

Bladworth

Hubbard

Paradise Hill

Blaine Lake

Humboldt

Pasqua Lake

Blewett

Indian Head

Paynton

BlueBell

Kelfield

Plenty

Bruno

Kelvington

Preeceville

Cando

Kenaston

Rabbit Lake

Canwood

Kerrobert

Radisson

Carnduff

Kindersley

Radville

Caron

La Ronge

Rapid View

Caronport

Lac Pelletier

Rocanville

Chitek Lake

Lafleche

Rosetown

Climax

Lampman

Rush Lake

Cochin

Lanigan

Shaunavon

Davidson

Lashburn

Silver Lake

Debden

Leader

Spiritwood

Delisle

Leask

St. Brieux

Dorintosh

Little Pine_IR

St. Walburg

Dubuc

Lloydminster

Stoughton

Eatonia

Loon Lake

Turtleford

Edam

Lucky Lake

Vanscoy

Elbow

Maidstone

Waldheim

Englishman Lake

Manitou Beach

Warmley

Eston

Maple Creek

Watrous

Fiske

Marshall

Webb

Flaxcombe

Martensville

White City

Fort Qu'Appelle

Maymont

Whitkow

Glaslyn

Meadow Lake

Wolseley

Goodsoil

Melfort


Goodwater

Melville


Gravelbourg

Midale


About SaskTel
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 607,000 wireless accesses, 492,000 wireline network accesses, 250,000 internet accesses and 100,000 Max™ (TV) subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services including competitive voice, data, internet, entertainment, security monitoring, messaging, cellular, wireless data and directory services. In addition, SaskTel International offers software solutions and project consulting in countries around the world. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at www.sasktel.com.

For media inquiries only, please contact:
Tara Tibeau, SaskTel Manager of External Communications
306.777.4548
tara.tibeau@sasktel.com