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SaskTel aquires AWS-1 Spectrum from WIND Mobile

SaskTel aquires AWS-1 Spectrum from WIND Mobile

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WIND Mobile to focus resources on providing strong competition and LTE rollout


SaskTel today announced that Industry Canada has  approved the spectrum licence transfer of 2 blocks of prime AWS-1 spectrum from  WIND Mobile to SaskTel.  This spectrum  transfer will allow SaskTel to significantly increase the capacity and speed of  its 4G LTE network in the 9 major urban centres in Saskatchewan.  The agreement will also allow WIND Mobile to  focus resources on providing strong competition and LTE rollout in Ontario,  British Columbia and Alberta.


“We are extremely pleased that the Federal Government has  approved this spectrum licence transfer between two of the carriers that fulfill  the role as the fourth competitor to the Big Three national carriers in their  respective markets. This transaction will support more competition in the  wireless market and allow both SaskTel and WIND to provide better service to  our customers,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO.  “Our 4G LTE  network in the 9 major urban centres in Saskatchewan operates on the AWS-1 spectrum  band and with these additional blocks we can deliver significantly more  bandwidth and faster speeds.”


“This deal is good news for our customers, as we  will channel the proceeds toward network expansion and quality improvements  including LTE service,” said WIND Mobile CEO Alek Krstajic. “It’s also good  news for Canadian wireless users broadly speaking, because it shows that  providers like SaskTel and WIND Mobile are providing true alternatives for  consumers, thanks in large part to the federal government’s dedicated efforts  to ensure that there is real competition in the wireless sector.”


About  SaskTel 


SaskTel is the leading  Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with  over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections  including over 618,000 wireless accesses, 437,000 wireline network accesses,  258,000 Internet accesses and over 103,000 maxTV™ subscribers. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of  ICT products and services including competitive voice, data and Internet  services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data centre services, cloud-based  services, security monitoring services, advertising services, and international  software and consulting services. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries  have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).  Visit SaskTel at www.sasktel.com


About  WIND Mobile


WIND Mobile is dedicated to improving the Canadian wireless experience by offering  customers simple and transparent plans, including real unlimited  data/voice/text with no-term contracts and no hidden fees. Committed to being  Canada's 4th largest carrier, WIND has more than 800,000 happy customers in  Canada. Learn more about WIND Mobile at WINDmobile.ca or follow online at facebook.com/WINDmobile or twitter.com/WINDmobile.



For more information, please contact:


Michelle Englot, SaskTel Director of External Communications
Phone: (306) 777-4476
Email: michelle.englot@sasktel.com