SaskTel setting a new standard for connectivity across rural Saskatchewan as it accelerates deployment of its 5G network
July 19, 2023
Today, SaskTel announced that in recent months it has expanded its 5G network to more than 50 cell sites serving rural, resort, and First Nations communities as well as several major highways – see table below for full list. Delivering hyper-fast data speeds, SaskTel's 5G network is bringing a new level of connectivity to residents and businesses throughout Saskatchewan.
"Our government recognizes how important it is for the people of Saskatchewan to have access to fast and reliable wireless connectivity," said Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. "As SaskTel continues to make strong progress with their 5G expansion program, I am pleased to know that thousands of families across our province can take advantage of the tremendous opportunities and benefits made possible by this exciting new technology."
Currently, SaskTel's 5G network can deliver data speeds of up to 1.2 Gigabits per second (Gbps), and as it matures the network will provide significantly faster speeds. Other future benefits of 5G will include massive network capacity and ultra-low latency, all of which will enable new use cases for emerging wireless technologies that will be the foundation that next-generation innovations will be built upon.
"As Saskatchewan's homegrown communications leader, we are firmly committed to delivering cutting-edge communications technologies and solutions to all of our customers, regardless of address," said Chad Olson, SaskTel Chief Technology Officer. "This year, we will invest approximately $160 million to accelerate the rollout of our 5G network. On the strength of this record setting investment, we expect to deploy 5G on approximately 260 cell sites across Saskatchewan."
SaskTel's rollout of 5G will revolutionize connectivity across the province, especially in rural areas. Delivering incredible data speeds, 5G will help bridge the digital divide by providing residents with the capability to connect to the world faster than ever before. 5G will also support technological advancements in remote healthcare, online learning, agriculture, transportation, as well as other services and industries that are important to the economic prosperity and overall quality of life in rural Saskatchewan.
The continued expansion of its 5G and fibre networks are a direct result of SaskTel's commitment to invest more than $1.6 billion of capital across Saskatchewan over the next five years. These investments will ensure Saskatchewan remains one of the most well-connected regions in the country.
In order to connect to its 5G network, SaskTel customers need to be within a 5G coverage area, have a 5G capable device that is certified for use on the SaskTel 5G network, and subscribe to a 5G compatible wireless plan.
For more information about SaskTel's 5G network, visit www.sasktel.com/5g.
SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with approximately $1.3 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including more than 647,000 wireless accesses, 273,000 wireline network accesses, 293,000 internet and data accesses, 110,000 maxTV service subscribers, and 78,000 security monitoring customers. 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 3,300 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at www.sasktel.com.
|5G RURAL EXPANSION LOCATIONS – JULY 2023|
|Alsask||Greenstreet (East)||Webb (South)|
|Assiniboia (Northeast)||Hafford||Witchekan Lake First Nation|
|Belle Plaine (North)||Herbert||Highway 1
(East of intersection w/ Hwy 614)
|Big River First Nation||Kenaston||Highway 1
(Northeast of Maple Creek)
(South of La Ronge)
|Blaine Lake||Lake Alma||Highway 4
(North of Cando)
(West of Melville)
|Bruno||Lestock (North)||Highway 11
(North of Dundurn)
|Canwood||Little Black Bear First Nation||Highway 11
(Northeast of Duck Lake)
|Chamberlain (South)||Lumsden No. 189
Zehner Rd & Ravenswood Rd
(South of Macdowall)
(Southeast of Borden)
|Choiceland||Norquay (North)||Highway 36
(South of Willow Bunch)
|Dalmeny||Oxbow (South)||Highway 43
(West of Gravelbourg)
|Deer Valley||Pasqua (Northwest)||Highway 378
(Northeast of Rabbit Lake)
(West of Condie Nature Refuge)
|Emma Lake – Murray Point||Regina Beach||Highway 735
(West of Moose Jaw)
|Ernfold (East)||Rush Lake (Northwest)|
|Fort Qu'Appelle (North)||Tompkins (Northeast)|