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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2013/03/11 - SaskTel announced it has completed another 22 different 4G wireless network infrastructure enhancement projects across the province in February 2013 to address the ever-growing customer demand for network coverage and capacity - SaskTel.com.
“SaskTel has a long record in pursuing innovative and cutting edge solutions when it comes to expanding our 4G network across the Province,” said Don McMorris, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “We are committed to building and powering the largest, fastest and most complete wireless network in the Province.”
SaskTel is using a variety of infrastructure options to enhance wireless service based on usage patterns and demands in the province. In addition to traditional towers being constructed across the province, SaskTel is also increasing capacity and coverage by deploying other options when traditional towers are not feasible due to space or other limitations. These include installing carrier antennas to increase coverage strength inside of buildings, streetlights, rooftops, wooden and stealth poles, as well as installing new cellular sites such as towers or COWS (cellular on wheels) in various locations.
The communities that received 4G network enhancements in February 2013, including the type of enhancement completed are as follows:
• Regina: erected 3 new monopole towers in the Eastview, Eastgate, and Creekside areas to improve coverage and capacity
• Saskatoon:erected a new monopole tower at the Saskatoon airport to increase coverage and capacity
• Warman: added 2 additional carriers to increase capacity
• Moose Jaw: added additional carriers to three different towers located in the SW and North areas of the city and at the SaskTel CDO work to improve coverage in Moose Jaw city and area
• Prince Albert: installed a new temporary cell site, a COW (cellular on wheels) to improve coverage
• Yorkton: installed a new rooftop antenna to increase coverage and capacity on Yorkton Broadcast Place and on the rooftop of Yorkton Hospital
• Onion Lake: added a new carrier to increase capacity
• Avonlea: added a carrier to increasecapacity
• Beinfeit: added a carrier to increasecapacity
• Aylesbury: replaced a repeater to increase capacity
• Christopher Lake: added a carrier to increasecapacity
• Katepwa: replaced a repeater to increase capacity
• Balcarres: replaced a repeater to increase capacity
• Stoughton: erected a new tower to increase capacity and coverage
• Southend: erected a new tower to increase capacity and coverage
• Kawacatoose First Nation: replaced a repeater to increase capacity.
The addition of a sector and a carrier increases network capacity by adding more radio frequency channels. Each additional carrier added to a site will increase the network capacity at that site by an incremental amount. Adding 1 additional carrier approximately doubles network capacity. Going from 2 to 3 additional carriers increases network capacity by approximately 50% above that and going from 3 to 4 additional carriers increases capacity by a further 33%. Increasing sectors adds an antenna which further improves coverage and capacity.
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 more than 80% of all networks around the world. SaskTel plans to support the existing CDMA digital network for the foreseeable future to ensure that all wireless customers continue to enjoy a full selection of wireless services that best suit their needs.
SaskTel has a significant number of 4G infrastructure improvement projects planned for completion by year-end 2013 which will increase capacity to match the continued growth in customer demands on the network.
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 600,000 wireless accesses, 514,000 wireline network accesses, 234,000 internet accesses and 93,000 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 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).