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Wireless data use and messaging continue to climb on Mother’s Day

Wireless data use and messaging continue to climb on Mother’s Day

May 7, 2018

This Mother's Day, SaskTel expects that Saskatchewan residents will once again put their mobile devices through the paces as wireless data use and messaging continue to grow in popularity.

This year, it is anticipated that SaskTel customers will send 10.2 million text messages on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13. SaskTel also projects that Saskatchewan residents will use approximately 105,000 Gigabytes (GB) of wireless data that day. That's roughly the equivalent of streaming 35,000 hours of HD video in just one day.

"Our networks offer customers a number of ways to connect with their loved ones," said Doug Burnett, SaskTel Acting President and CEO. "With many families spread across the province, country and globe, we understand it's not always possible to get together. So, it gives us a great sense of pride knowing that what we do allows our customers the opportunity to catch up with mom on her special day."

SaskTel has a few tips for those planning on using their smartphone this Mother's Day:

  • Connect to Wi-Fi when using data-intensive video calling apps. SaskTel has over 2,200 selectWI-FI hotspots throughout the province.
  • For reliable call quality, check your cellular coverage before dialing out. SaskTel's wireless network extends to 99% of Saskatchewan's population, giving you the most coverage throughout Saskatchewan.
  • Get the most talk time by ensuring your device is fully charged.

Although the way we communicate is evolving, traditional voice calls are still a popular choice for Saskatchewan residents wishing to send their appreciation on Mother's Day. With over 1,060,000 calls expected to be made, Mother's Day remains a busy day for calls on SaskTel's networks.

For those planning on making voice calls using their home phone or wireless device, try calling outside of peak hours (10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.) and always ensure time zone differences are taken into consideration.

For more information about staying connected with SaskTel's services, please visit www.sasktel.com.

Mother's Day calling stats

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 607,000 wireless accesses, 356,000 wireline network accesses, 279,000 Internet accesses and 111,000 maxTVsubscribers. 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 media inquiries, please contact:
Greg Jacobs, Manager of External Communications
Phone: 306.777.3433
Email: greg.jacobs@sasktel.com