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SaskTel investing $2.1 million in wireless enhancements along highway 18

SaskTel investing $2.1 million in wireless enhancements along highway 18

SaskTel today announced it will be investing $2.1 million in enhancements to the wireless network along a stretch of highway 18 approximately 130 km long from Estevan to the Saskatchewan/Manitoba border.  These enhancements will increase the coverage footprint along the highway and improve service to the adjacent communities.

“SaskTel understands that people want to be connected at all times.  Enhanced wireless services helps meet that desire for people travelling in the area and residents alike” said Jim Reiter, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “SaskTel has invested and will continue to invest a tremendous amount in rural Saskatchewan.”

In addition, SaskTel is enhancing the LTE network in Estevan, which will increase the LTE capacity by approximately 25% as well as improve LTE in-building coverage.  SaskTel expects to complete all of these enhancements by the end of summer this year.

“When we make investments to expand and improve our networks, we make them with our customers in mind,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “That is why we are pleased to enhance our wireless network along this stretch of highway 18 and Estevan.  As the leading Saskatchewan-based communications provider, we continue to make important investments throughout all parts of the province where our customers – our neighbours – live and work.”

In May, SaskTel announced a commitment to invest $331 million in capital in   Saskatchewan in 2016-2017 and $1.4 billion through 2016-2021.  These investments will ensure that Saskatchewan will continue to receive some of the best communications services in the world including maxTV, Internet, data, and future IP-based services through industry leading 4G/LTE and infiNET networks.

About SaskTel

SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and approximately 1.4 million customer connections including over 614,000 wireless accesses, 404,000 wireline network accesses, 266,000 Internet accesses and 107,000 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.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Jacobs, SaskTel Manager of External Communications
Phone: 306.777.3433 
E-mail: Greg.Jacobs@sasktel.com