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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2013/09/09 - SaskTel today announced it has completed another 24 different 4G wireless network infrastructure enhancement projects across the province in August 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 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 August 2013, including the type of enhancement completed are as follows:
• Regina: Installed stealth poles in the North Central, Coronation Park and Diefenbaker areas with 4G and 4G LTE capabilities to increase coverage and capacity.
• Saskatoon: Added monopoles at the old Quaker Oats site, the corner of 8th Street and Lorne Avenue and at the corner of Faithfull Avenue and 48th Street; a stealth pole was added in the Hampton Village area; a tower was erected at the corner of Highway 16 and Lutheran Road; and numerous other improvements to LTE infrastructure were made throughout the city to increase coverage and capacity
• Esterhazy: Replaced a sector carrier to increase capacity
• Langenburg: Added underlay to an existing tower to increase capacity
• Jansen Lake Mine: Erected a temporary COW to increase coverage and capacity
• North Battleford: Added capacity with three carrier additions
• Battleford: Made a carrier addition to an existing tower to increase capacity
• Lebret: Erected a wooden pole to increase coverage and capacity
• Swift Current: Five carrier additions were made to existing infrastructure to increase capacity
• Lucky Lake: Added underlay to an existing tower to increase capacity
• Red Earth: Replaced a repeater to improve coverage and 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 one additional carrier approximately doubles network capacity. Going from two to three additional carriers increases network capacity by approximately 50 per cent above that and going from three to four additional carriers increases capacity by a further 33 per cent. Increasing sectors adds an antenna which further improves coverage and capacity.
The 4G network provides increased bandwidth with download speeds approximately four times faster than existing speeds (up to 21 megabits per second). It is also compatible with more than 80 per cent 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 $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 607,000 wireless accesses, 492,000 wireline network accesses, 250,000 internet accesses and 97,000 Max™ (TV) subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services including competitive voice, data, internet, entertainment, security monitoring, 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).