News Release - September 13, 2007
SASKTEL TO DELIVER FASTER 1XEV-DO CELLULAR SERVICE IN 64 LOCATIONS
SaskTel today announced that it will invest $11.3 million to expand or improve 1xEV-DO cellular service in 64 locations across the province by the end of 2008. 1xEV-DO Rev A technology provides data speeds up to 20 times faster than what is currently available in most areas. With this new expansion, 56 communities will receive 1xEV-DO service for the first time. While 1xEV-DO service has been available in Regina, Saskatoon, Martensville and White City since 2005, this new version of 1xEV-DO will also increase speeds in those communities.
"SaskTel remains committed to offering its customers the latest and most advanced wireless services available," Minister responsible for SaskTel Deb Higgins said. "This latest network enhancement, combined with this year's previously announced improvement and expansion initiatives, will bring SaskTel's total investment in digital cellular service since 1998 to over $138 million. Over 95 per cent of Saskatchewan residents now have access to SaskTel digital cellular service."
"With the much higher speeds made possible by 1xEV-DO technology, SaskTel cellular customers are able to use wireless data services such as content downloads, video and audio streaming, mail and messaging, push-to-talk service, and web browsing at speeds close to residential high speed Internet connections," SaskTel president and CEO Robert Watson said. "We will continue to invest in our network to provide our customers with the latest wireless technologies over the largest digital cellular network in the province."
1xEV-DO Rev A is a third generation network technology available to Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) cellular carriers that will support download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps. If customers roam outside of the 1xEV-DO coverage area, the device will switch to 1xRTT coverage automatically. SaskTel's entire digital network has been enabled with 1xRTT functionality since 2003.
The 60 new 1xEV-DO locations are: Abbey, Alameda, Alida, Beaufield, Belle Plaine, Benson, Bethune, Bladworth, Blewett, Cabri, Cactus Lake, Caron, Chamberlain, Charette Lake, Craik, Cut Knife, Dalmeny, Davidson, Duck Lake, Dundurn, Englishman Lake, Estevan, Findlater, Fox Valley, Furness, Goodwater, Greenstreet, Hanley, Kenaston, Kerrobert, Kindersley, La Ronge, Lashburn, Lumsden, Luseland, Macklin, Maidstone, Major, Maple Creek, Marshall, Meadow Lake, Melfort, Melville, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Onion Lake, Pense, Prince Albert, Red Deer Hill, Richmound, Silver Lake, Smiley, St. Walburg, Stoughton, Swift Current, Turtleford, Unity, Warman, Weyburn and Yorkton.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, offering competitive voice, data, dial-up and high speed Internet, entertainment and multimedia services, security, web hosting, text and messaging services, and cellular and wireless data services over its digital networks. The Corporation also provides security monitoring services through SecurTek, directory services through DirectWest, in-room communications services to the healthcare sector through Hospitality Network, telecommunications consulting service through SaskTel International and an out-of-province sales and service channel in Alberta and British Columbia. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 5,100 full-time, part-time and temporary employees. Visit SaskTel at www.sasktel.com.
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