SaskTel today announced that Industry Canada has approved the spectrum licence transfer of 2 blocks of prime AWS-1 spectrum from WIND Mobile to SaskTel. This spectrum transfer will allow SaskTel to significantly increase the capacity and speed of its 4G LTE network in the 9 major urban centres in Saskatchewan. The agreement will also allow WIND Mobile to focus resources on providing strong competition and LTE rollout in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.
“We are extremely pleased that the Federal Government has approved this spectrum licence transfer between two of the carriers that fulfill the role as the fourth competitor to the Big Three national carriers in their respective markets. This transaction will support more competition in the wireless market and allow both SaskTel and WIND to provide better service to our customers,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “Our 4G LTE network in the 9 major urban centres in Saskatchewan operates on the AWS-1 spectrum band and with these additional blocks we can deliver significantly more bandwidth and faster speeds.”
“This deal is good news for our customers, as we will channel the proceeds toward network expansion and quality improvements including LTE service,” said WIND Mobile CEO Alek Krstajic. “It’s also good news for Canadian wireless users broadly speaking, because it shows that providers like SaskTel and WIND Mobile are providing true alternatives for consumers, thanks in large part to the federal government’s dedicated efforts to ensure that there is real competition in the wireless sector.”
SaskTel (sasktel.com) is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 618,000 wireless accesses, 437,000 wireline network accesses, 258,000 Internet accesses and over 103,000 maxTV™ subscribers. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of ICT products and services including competitive voice, data and Internet services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data centre services, cloud-based services, security monitoring services, advertising services, and international software and consulting services. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).
About WIND Mobile
WIND Mobile (windmobile.ca) is dedicated to improving the Canadian wireless experience by offering customers simple and transparent plans, including real unlimited data/voice/text with no-term contracts and no hidden fees. Committed to being Canada's 4th largest carrier, WIND has more than 800,000 happy customers in Canada.
For more information, please contact Michelle Englot, SaskTel Director of External Communications.