SaskTel is pleased to announce the launch of infiNET, SaskTelís new Fibre Optic Network capable of download speeds of up to 200 Mbps. infiNET is the official name for SaskTelís Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) Program, a seven-year $670 million dollar investment to deploy fibre directly to homes and upgrade the broadband network in the nine largest urban centers in the province - Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Swift Current, Yorkton, North Battleford and Prince Albert.
"By deploying fibre to residences in these communities, SaskTel is not only providing Saskatchewan people with cutting edge technology they are also proactively planning for the increased network capacity that the continued unprecedented population growth in Saskatchewan will demand," said Don McMorris, Minister Responsible for SaskTel.
"We have always been a leader in providing our customers with world class products and services and we are proud to invest in emerging technology that will enhance our customers' communication experiences today, while also setting the groundwork for technology enhancements in the future," said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. "infiNET will future proof SaskTel's network by allowing upgrades for future speed increases without replacing the fibre."
SaskTel is deploying infiNET to the provinces nine largest centres in stages and has already begun work in both Regina and Saskatoon. Customers in areas of Regina and Saskatoon where infiNET is now available are being converted to the new network, and SaskTel estimates that over 40,000 homes will be passed by fibre by the end of 2012. SaskTel will deploy infiNET to all residential areas in the provinces nine urban centres by the end of 2017. infiNET will be the fastest communications network in Saskatchewan.
Once connected, InfiNET will allow customers to experience blazing fast internet speeds of up to 200 Mbps for downloading and 60 Mbps for uploading, significantly improving the customer experience when downloading or streaming video, uploading photos and videos, or participating in real-time gaming. It will also enable Max customers to add up to seven High Definition set top boxes in one home, providing customers new and enhanced possibilities for home entertainment.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel.com) 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 594,000 wireless accesses, 514,000 wireline network accesses, 234,000 internet accesses and 93,000 Maxô (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 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).