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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2013/11/05 - SaskTel has received a second extension on the Wireless Broadband Internet (WBBI) spectrum to March 31, 2015, from Industry Canada for across the province to give customers more time to transition from the WBBI High Speed Internet service - SaskTel.com.
“SaskTel is committed to delivering high quality communication options to residents of Saskatchewan, and we are pleased to announce that we have received an extension on the license to operate our WBBI service,” said SaskTel President and CEO Ron Styles. “We are confident SaskTel can now satisfactorily transition our customers in rural Saskatchewan to new Internet options.”
Customers on 43 WBBI towers across the province (please see attached list) now have more time to transition to other SaskTel Internet options.
SaskTel customers on the 12 towers scheduled to receive High Speed Fusion Internet Service, a fixed wireless LTE-TDD service for its WBBI customers, will still be moved over by March 2014. The communities of Climax, Hodgeville, Milestone, Avonlea, Blewett, Caron, Hirsch, Mankota, Maryfield, Orkney, Pangman and Central Butte are getting the alternative service because SaskTel High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service is not available.
SaskTel plans to consider additional locations for High Speed Fusion after initial deployment as this is a brand new technology for Saskatchewan and Canada.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) 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 (sasktel.com) 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).