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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2013/03/28 - SaskTel launched high speed internet in Avonlea as part of a long-term strategy designed to increase access to high speed internet in rural Saskatchewan - SaskTel.com.
“This is the first of fifty planned expansions to rural communities across the province,” said Don McMorris, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “Our government places a high priority on providing high speed internet access to residents of rural Saskatchewan; in the past six years, we have been able to expand high speed internet to over 90 communities.”
A part of SaskTel’s Rural Strategy involves an effort to upgrade speeds in over 200 existing DSL communities this year, in addition to expanding DSL to 50 additional communities. Currently SaskTel provides DSL internet access to 363 rural communities.
SaskTel is also planning on introducing a new LTE fixed-wireless product to facilitate broadband access in rural locations, pending results of a LTE-TDD fixed wireless trial currently underway and scheduled for completion for August 2013. An additional $10.7M is being allocated towards expanding the coverage and capacity of the 4G wireless network, including construction of 31 new towers and 37 network enhancements.
SaskTel High Speed Internet service provides a superior user experience over dial-up, allows simultaneous phone and online access, unlimited internet access and downloading, spam and email virus filtering, 24/7 helpdesk support and installation- all included for one low price.
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).