SaskTel setting new standard for connectivity in Shaunavon with launch of infiNET
November 1, 2023
Today, SaskTel announced it will soon launch SaskTel infiNET™ service in Shaunavon as part of its $200 million Rural Fibre Initiative. Delivering blazing fast internet speeds, SaskTel's infiNET service allows customers to access the latest digital tools and technologies to socialize, learn, pursue economic opportunities, connect to healthcare and other government services. SaskTel anticipates it will begin connecting homes to infiNET service in select areas of Shaunavon by the end of November.
"The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes how essential a fast and reliable internet connection is to the overall success of our people and province as a whole," said Doug Steele, MLA for Cypress Hills. "I am pleased with SaskTel's ongoing efforts to expand their advanced fibre broadband and 5G wireless networks across Saskatchewan ensuring more families and businesses can access and benefit from the opportunities the digital world has to offer."
"Our customers are our top priority at SaskTel and we're firmly committed to ensuring they have access to the tools and technologies they need to connect to what matters most to them," said Charlene Gavel, SaskTel President and CEO. "We're excited to bring our infiNET network to the people of Shaunavon so they and the community can continue to grow and prosper."
Powered by SaskTel's fibre optic broadband network, infiNET service delivers internet speeds reaching close to a Gigabit per second (Gbps), allowing subscribers to surf, stream, and share however much content they want at incredible speeds. Plus, the infiNET network has the capacity to grow to support the evolving needs of SaskTel's customers and increasing popularity of cloud services, video streaming, and smart technologies.
"Thanks to the upcoming launch of SaskTel's fibre optic broadband network, the residents of Shaunavon will soon have access to the same high quality communication technologies and tools as those living in much larger centres across the country," said Kyle Bennett, Mayor of Shaunavon. "I am thankful to SaskTel for bringing these services to our community and for helping to ensure Shaunavon remains a competitive and growing community for all of our residents and businesses to enjoy."
The Rural Fibre Initiative is a multi-phase program that will see SaskTel invest $200 million to bring infiNET service to over 110,000 residents and businesses living and operating in more than 130 rural communities. Once the announced phases of the Rural Fibre Initiative are complete, SaskTel's infiNET network, which is already Saskatchewan's largest fibre optic broadband network, will reach approximately 80% of all households in the province.
The continued expansion of its infiNET and 5G networks is 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 help Saskatchewan accelerate its transition to becoming a smart province and ensure it remains one of the most well-connected regions in the country.
Over the coming weeks, SaskTel will provide information to Shaunavon residents on how and when they can schedule their upgrade to infiNET service.
For more information about infiNET service, please visit www.sasktel.com/infinet.
SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with approximately $1.3 billion in annual revenue and nearly 1.4 million customer connections including more than 654,000 wireless accesses, 257,000 wireline network accesses, 295,000 internet and data accesses, 111,000 maxTV service subscribers, and 77,000 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.