News Release - May 5, 1999
SASKTEL CONTINUES DIVERSIFICATION STRATEGY WITH SECURTEK
Deputy Premier and Crown Investments Corporation Minister
Dwain Lingenfelter today announced that SaskTel is continuing its
diversification strategy with the launch of SecurTek a Yorkton-based
wholly owned subsidiary of SaskTel that will offer remote monitoring
services, including province-wide security. Using SaskTel's
leading-edge technology and telecommunications expertise, SecurTek
will provide services such as Real Time Event Detection, monitoring
"SecurTek will offer Saskatchewan residents the reassurance of home
safety through a variety of monitoring packages and services,"
Lingenfelter said. "While most alarm monitoring services in
Saskatchewan are provided by service bureaus outside of our province,
SecurTek will operate its call-handling centre out of Yorkton,
creating jobs here at home."
SecurTek will initially employ about 20 people in Yorkton, with that
number projected to increase to more than 50 in the future. SecurTek
will offer a variety of wired and wireless security system options
such as heat, smoke and motion sensors, glass-break detectors and
Panic/Medical alert. These products and services will be available at
competitive prices through a province-wide SecurTek dealer network
(see attached backgrounder).
"SecurTek has formed dealer relationships with local security
companies in a manner similar to the successful arrangements with
independent SaskTel Mobility Centres which provide wireless
services around Saskatchewan," said SaskTel President Don Ching.
"SaskTel has always supported community-based Saskatchewan
business, and this relationship will allow both these businesses
and SaskTel to grow in the security industry."
"Diversification initiatives such as consulting, project
management, software sales and now SecurTek draw on SaskTel's
state-of-the-art network and the established skills and expertise
of Saskatchewan people to ensure SaskTel's long-term success,"
SaskTel is the leading full service communications company in
Saskatchewan, providing voice, data, Internet, text and messaging
services over a fiber optic-based, fully digital network, as well
as cellular, paging, wireless data and FleetNet 800 service
through its SaskTel Mobility division.
For more information, contact:
SaskTel Corporate Affairs
Phone: (306) 777-5638