technology will significantly improve the customer experience and will
provide our customers with data speeds of up to 5 times faster than our
existing 4G network," said Bill Boyd, Minister Responsible for SaskTel.
"SaskTel has a solid technology evolution plan that will ensure
Saskatchewan residents continue to benefit from the most advanced
wireless technology available. The initial LTE phones will be compatible
with the 4G network and will seamlessly transmit voice over the 4G
network and data over LTE until LTE is set up for both voice and data."
SaskTel's existing 4G wireless technology reaches download speeds of up
to 21 Mbps and LTE will reach download speeds of over 100 megabits per
second (Mbps) and 50 Mbps upload. The higher bandwidth LTE will provide
increased capacity to serve more customers, improved latency with
respect to data applications and video, and it will allow SaskTel to
provide more advanced and higher bandwidth video and multimedia
services. It will also support SaskTel's line of leading edge handset
options, which will continue to expand as new handset devices are
introduced in the market.
SaskTel has begun work on LTE planning, infrastructure development and
internal system work. Phase 1 of LTE deployment will begin in the fall
of 2012 to Regina and Saskatoon, and surrounding areas. LTE will be
deployed to other urban and rural areas starting in 2013 based on the
demand for incremental data services and it anticipated that LTE for
voice will also begin to be deployed in 2013.
SaskTel has the largest cellular network in Saskatchewan and is the
first wireless service provider to announce its intention to deploy LTE
in the Province.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel.com) is the
leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with
$1.15 billion in annual revenue and more than 1.4 million customer
connections including more than 550,000 wireless accesses, 543,000
wireline network accesses, 225,000 Internet accesses and 77,000 MaxTM
(TV) subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products
and services including competitive voice, data, Internet,
entertainment, national security, messaging, cellular, wireless data and
directory services. In addition, SaskTel International offers software
solutions and project consulting in countries around the world. In 2009,
SaskTel contributed more than $651 million to the Saskatchewan economy
through dollars spent with Saskatchewan-based suppliers and sponsorships
to non-profit organizations. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries
have a workforce of approximately 4,800 employees.
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