SaskTel and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation community of Southend today announced that SaskTel will build a 4G cellular tower at Southend as a result of financial contributions from several corporations and community organizations in the area.
This partnership is based on SaskTel’s Community Participation Model, which allows communities to raise funds to cover the shortfall when it is not economically feasible for SaskTel to finance a new cellular site alone. SaskTel anticipates that the new tower will be in place in early 2013.
“SaskTel is aware of the high demand among rural and remote communities for wireless service,” said Ron Styles, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our Community Participation Model makes it possible for smaller communities to join together and partner with us so they can have access to our world-class wireless network.”
“This project represents a major improvement of local services, said Chief Darrell McCallum. “This will enable the community to become more efficient, sustainable and competitive from an educational, health, governmental, and a business perspective.”
“Southend is proud of this new project,” said Southend Band Councillor Darrin Morin. “Through this upgrade, not only residents of Southend, but visitors will enjoy the benefits of the technology. I would like to extend my gratitude for those that have been involved in assisting our community in acquiring this technology, and to our financial contributors for this important project.”
SaskTel’s economic analysis for Southend, which took into account the overall cost of the tower site ($1.3 million), operating expenses over the first five years, and the anticipated revenues, resulted in a shortfall of $209,000.
Cameco provided $100,000 in funding. The other partners that provided funds as part of the Southend community partnership were:
Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Child and Family Services
Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Health Services
Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Education
Northern Settlement of Southend
The 4G network provides increased bandwidth with download speeds approximately 4 times faster than existing speeds (up to 21 megabits per second). It is also compatible with approximately 80% of all wireless networks around the world.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.1 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 568,000 wireless accesses, 528,000 wireline network accesses, 230,000 internet accesses and 85,000 Max™ (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. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,100 employees.
About Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation
Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation is a multi-community First Nation. It is comprised of eight communities. Southend is situated on the northeastern part of Saskatchewan, and on the southern shores of Reindeer Lake.
For media inquiries only, please contact:
Councillor Darrin Morin
PBCN – Southend, SK
P: 306 758 2144 - E: darmorin[.]sasktel.net.
For more information about forming a community partnership with SaskTel, please contact:
Bob Hersche, Director – Regulatory Affairs
P: 306.777.5346 - E: robert.hersche[.]sasktel.com.