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SaskTel brings LTE to 146 new rural communities

SaskTel brings LTE to 146 new rural communities

SaskTel today announced it has expanded LTE coverage for the first time to 146 towers that serve rural areas and communities across Saskatchewan (see the full list of upgraded towers in Appendix A).  The Southwest and Southern parts of Saskatchewan are fully complete and SaskTel now has 92% of the province covered with LTE with full coverage anticipated by April 2017. 

“Our government understands the unique challenges Saskatchewan's rural areas face and enhanced cellular service will provide rural customers with a valuable tool for continued success in today's world of commerce,” said Dustin Duncan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. 

“SaskTel is committed to investing in infrastructure that will position the company to lay the groundwork for future network enhancements, such as the introduction of Voice over LTE (VoLTE),” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO.  “We understand that rural customers want access to the highest speeds available and we are working hard to deliver a world class cellular network in all rural areas.” 

The expansion of LTE is part of SaskTel’s commitment to invest over $300 million in capital in Saskatchewan in 2016/17 and $1.4 billion through 2016-2021.  Investments like these will ensure that Saskatchewan will continue to receive some of the best communication and entertainment services in the world.  With LTE, SaskTel customers have the freedom to watch HD movies, stream music, share pictures and videos, and play games all at speeds that are up to 10 times faster than on 4G. 

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 617,000 wireless accesses, 389,000 wireline network accesses, 273,000 Internet accesses and 111,000 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 sasktel.com

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Englot, SaskTel Director of External Communications 
Phone: (306) 777.4476 
Email:  michelle.englot@sasktel.com

Appendix A – Tower Locations

Alameda Corning Humboldt Norquay Spy Hill
Annaheim Crooked Lake Imperial Ochapowace IR St. Louis
Antler Crutwell Insinger Odessa St. Walburg
Arborfield Cudworth Invermay Ogema Star City
Archerwill Cupar Ituna Osage Stockholm
Arcola Dana Katepwa Outram Storthoaks
Beaufield Debden Kawacatoose FN Oxbow Sturgeon Lake (Deer Ridge)
Benson Denholm Kelvington Pangman Sturgis
Bertwell Dinsmore Kenosee Lake Pasqua Lake Tisdale
Bienfait Domremy Kipabiskau Park Peebles Tobin Lake
Big River Duck Lake Kipling Preeceville Vibank
Big River IR Dysart Lake Alma Punnichy Wadena
Biggar Edenwold Lampman Qu'Appelle Waldron
Birch Hills Edgeley Langbank Quill Lake Wapella
Blaine Lake Endeavour Lanigan Radville Warmley
Blewett Englefeld Lashburn Raymore Watrous
Bowlby Lake Esterhazy Leask Red Deer Hill Watson
Brendenbury Estuary MacDowall Redvers Wawota
Bruno Etomami Macklin Reserve Westbend
Buchanan Fairy Hill (Piapot IR) Maidstone Reward White Bear
Calder Fishing Lake IR Manor Ridgedale Wilcox
Cando Foam Lake Maryfield Roche Percee Wilkie
Canora Fort Pelly McLean Rose Valley Wishart
Canwood Fort Qu'Appelle Meacham Rosthern Wynyard
Carnduff Foxdale Melfort Saltcoats Yellow Grass
Carrot River Francis Midale Sandy Beach Yellow Quill First Nation
Ceylon Gainsborough Milestone Serath  
Charette Lake Goodwater Minton Shellbrook  
Coleville Hazel Dell Montmartre Southey  
Colfax Hirsch Naicam Spruce Home