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SaskTel continues to improve wireless service in rural Saskatchewan with the launch of six new cell towers

SaskTel continues to improve wireless service in rural Saskatchewan with the launch of six new cell towers

February 1, 2021

SaskTel today announced that it has recently launched six new macro cell towers bringing 4G LTE wireless service to previously underserved rural parts of the province. These new towers are located near the communities of Beresina, Gibbs, Glentworth, Jumping Lake, Muddy Lake, and Wandsworth.

“Our government understands how important communication services have become in the modern world, especially in rural and remote areas,” said Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “Through the Wireless Saskatchewan initiative, and thanks to the efforts of SaskTel, we’re raising the level of connectivity in rural and remote parts of the province so that our residents are better equipped to compete and succeed in the modern world.”

“As illustrated by a recent report from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Saskatchewan already has the best wireless coverage in Western Canada, with over 99% of the population and 98% of the major roadways and highways being covered with LTE wireless service,” said Doug Burnett, SaskTel President and CEO. “And, with the addition of these new towers, wireless coverage in Saskatchewan is getting even better.”

These towers are part of the final phase of the Wireless Saskatchewan initiative, which will see SaskTel invest over $70 million to construct 74 macro cell towers in rural parts of the province – see appendix for locations. Once the final phase of the program is complete, SaskTel’s wireless network will grow to include more than 1,000 cell towers, over 700 of which being located in rural parts of the province.     

SaskTel anticipates that all of the cell towers to be constructed as part of the Wireless Saskatchewan initiative will be complete by early Summer 2021.

Added Burnett, “We’re firmly committed to be the best at connecting the people of Saskatchewan, and it’s this commitment that drives us to continue to invest in our networks so that our customers have access to the services they need to stay in touch with what matters most to them from almost anywhere in the province.”

See the Government of Saskatchewan’s September 2020 news release for more information on Wireless Saskatchewan.

About SaskTel

SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and approximately 1.35 million customer connections including 637,000 wireless accesses, 296,000 wireline network accesses, 286,000 internet accesses and 112,000 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 3,600 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at www.sasktel.com.

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SaskTel Media Relations
Phone: 306.777.2727
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74 Macro Cell Towers

Aberdeen – South *Gibbs Minnehaha
Arlington Beach Glamis *Moose Jaw - Pasqua
Arran Gledhow Mount Pleasant
*Beresina Glen Harbour *Muddy Lake
Broderick - North East *Glentworth Murphy Creek
Burnham Govan - East Murray Point - Emma Lake
Candle Lake *Gray Parkerview
Carrot River – East Great Deer *Petrofka
Clayridge Hendon - West Prince Albert - East
Crescent Lake Indian Point - Turtle Lake Ranch Lake
Damour *Jedburgh Shaunavon - South East
Davidson – West *Jumping Lake Simmie
Davis Juniata Sokal
Downie Lake Keppel South Star
Drinkwater Kessock South Touchwood
Duncairn Krydor Spalding - East
Duperow – North Kuroki - North East Speers
East Fairwell *Lajord St. Denis
*Ebenezer Lorenzo Swanson
Fairlight Main Centre Torquay - North
Fielding Makwa Lake Trossachs
Filion Lake Marean Lake *Wandsworth
Fort Walsh Marie Hill Worcester
Frenchman Butte Maude Lake Wroxton - North
Garthland Meacham - East
*Towers are currently in-service