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SaskTel completes High Speed Internet expansions and upgrades in rural Saskatchewan

SaskTel completes High Speed Internet expansions and upgrades in rural Saskatchewan

Today 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.


As part of this initiative, SaskTel extended DSL High Speed Internet of up to 10 Mbps download speed to 54 communities that formerly had no access to DSL High Speed service. SaskTel also upgraded Internet speeds in 251 existing DSL communities, taking those that could formerly access speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps to up to 5 Mbps and those that could access up to 5 Mbps to up to 10 Mbps download, essentially more than doubling the speeds available to subscribers.


"Our government is a strong proponent for rural residents of Saskatchewan having access to High Speed Internet," said Kevin Doherty, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. "The world is becoming increasingly connected and these expansions and speed upgrades benefit both private customers using the Internet for home entertainment and business customers working from their home community."


SaskTel High Speed Internet provides a superior user experience with unlimited Internet access and downloading, faster speeds, spam and email virus filtering, around-the-clock helpdesk support and installations – all for one low price. For more information or to subscribe to our DSL High Speed service, customers can visit any SaskTel Authorized Dealer or SaskTel Store, visit our web site at www.sasktel.com, or call 1-800-SASKTEL (1-800-727-5835).


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 maxTV 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
Phone: (306) 777-4548

E-mail: tara.tibeau@sasktel.com


Appendix


Communities to newly receive DSL High Speed Internet

AVONLEA

SUNSET ESTATES

CALDER

HALBRITE

ABERNETHY

MANKOTA

CEYLON

ANNAHEIM

B-SAY-TAH

PAYNTON

ENGLEFELD

HAFFORD

HODGEVILLE

SINTALUTA

LESTOCK

YOUNG

LEMBERG

RABBIT LAKE

MACDOWALL

MEACHAM

PIKE LAKE

DOMREMY

WASECA

ALSASK

LEASK

LOREBURN

STORTHOAKS

BROCK

CHOICELAND

PADDOCKWOOD

EYEBROW

RAMA

MARSDEN

JANSEN

CREELMAN

FLAXCOMBE

MEATH PARK

CONQUEST

ELFROS

CARON

SHEHO

MARCELIN

MARQUIS

ELBOW

STAR BLANKET

PLENTY

VAL MARIE

BULYEA

BRUNO

GLEN EWEN

ENDEAVOUR

GLENTWORTH

MIDDLE LAKE

DORINTOSH

MARGO



Communities Upgraded from 1.5 Mbps to 5Mbps

BEAUVAL MISSION

BIG RIVER

CANOE LAKE CREE FN

CANOE NARROWS FN

CHAMAKESE RESORT

CHITEK LAKE

CHITOK LAKE FN

CLEARWATER RIVER DENE NATION

CODETTE

COWESSESS FN

CUMBERLAND HOUSE FN

DEBDEN

DUNDURN CFB

FORT SAN

HALL LAKE FN

JAMES SMITH CREE NATION

KISBEY

LAIRD

LA LOCHE

LA LOCHE FN

NORTH PORTAL

OCEAN MAN FN

RED EARTH CREE NATION

RED EARTH CREE NATION FN

RHEIN

TURNOR LAKE

TURNOR LAKE FN

WITCHEKAN LAKE FN

Communities Upgraded from 5Mbps to 10Mbps

ASSINIBOIA

LUMSDEN

WATROUS

GRAVELBOURG

BALGOINE

MAPLE CREEK

WILKE

GULL LAKE

BIENFAIT

MILESTONE

WYNARD

KELVINGTON

BIGGAR

MOOSOMIN

BIRCH HILLS

KERROBERT

DALMENY

OUTLOOK

CARLYLE

KIPLING

COCHIN

PREECEVILLE

CARROT RIVER

LANGHAM

INDIAN HEAD

ROSTHERN

COCHIN

LEADER

LANGENBURG

SHELL LAKE

DELISLE

MAIDSTONE

LANIGAN

WADENA

ESTON

OXBOW

REDVERS

LUSELAND

CABRI

RADISSON

ROCANVILLE

MONTREAL LAKE IR

CRAIK

ROCKGLEN

SEDLEY

NAICAM

CUPAR

SPRINGSIDE

SPIRITWOOD

OSLER

CUT KNIFE

ST BRIEUX

WAKAW

PORCUPINE PLAIN

DUCK LAKE

TURTLEFORD

WHITEWOOD

QU'APPELLE

DUNDURN

WAWOTA

ALLAN

RADVILLE

EATONIA

ALAMEDA

ARCOLA

RAYMORE

ELROSE

ARBORFIELD

BLAINE LAKE

SOUTHEY

HANLEY

AVONLEA

BROADVIEW

ST WALBURG

HERBERT

BETHUNE

CARONPORT

STOUGHTON

KYLE

BREDENBURY

CHURCHBRIDGE

STRASBOURG

LAFLECHE

BURSTALL

CUDWORTH

STURGIS

MIDALE

CANWOOD

EASTEND

WATSON

MONTMARTE

CENTRAL BUTTE

HAGUE

WOLSELEY

NOKOMIS

COLONSAY

ITUNA

ABERDEEN

PARADISE HILL

DINSMORE

KINISTINO

ASQUITH

PIERCELAND

GLASLYN

LAMPMAN

BALCARRES

PONTEIX

GRAND COULEE

LASHBURN

BENGOUGH

QUILL LAKE

HEPBURN

IMPERIAL

LEROY

LIPTON

MANOR

MARSHALL

MEOTA

MORSE

MOSSBANK

NEILBURG

NEUDORF

NORQUAY

PELLY

PENSE

PERDUE

PINE HOUSE

ROSE VALLEY

ROLEAU

SALTCOATS

ST LOUIS

STAR CITY

STOCKHOLM

THEODORE

VANSCOY

VIBANK

WAPELLA

WHITE FOX

WILLOW BUNCH

YELLOW GRASS

BEAUVAL

BEECHY

BORDEN

BUCHANAN

CARIEVALE

CARNDUFF

CHAPLIN

CHRISTOPHER LAKE

CLAVET

CLIMAX

COLEVILLE

DRAKE

DYSART

EARL GREY

FILLMORE

FOX VALLEY

GAINSBOROUGH

GLENAVON

GOODSOIL

GOVAN

GRAYSON

HARRIS

INVERMAY

KELLIHER

KENNEDY

LAIRD

LAKE LENORE

LUCKY LAKE

MCLEAN

MILDEN

MORTLACH

MUENSTER

PUNNICHY

SPALDING

SPY HILL

TOMPKINS

VONDA

WALDECK

WINDTHORST

ABBEY

ALIDA

ARCHERWILL

BJORKDALE

BRIERCREST

CANDO

CANOE NARROWS

COLE BAY

CONSUL

DENZIL

EDENWOLD

FRANCIS

HAZLET

HOLDFAST

KENASTON

KINCAID

KISBEY

KRONAU

LANDIS

LANG

LEOVILLE

LIMERICK

LINTLAW

MARENGO

MAYMONT

MEDSTEAD

NORTH PORTAL

ODESSA

PANGMAN

PIAPOT

PRELATE

PRUDHOMME

RICHMOUND

SHELLBROOK

SMEATON

TORQUAY

VANGUARD

WEYAKWIN

WILCOX

WISHART

WYMARK

ZENON PARK