10 New Rural Cell Towers Built as Part of the $ 107 Million SaskTel Wireless Program | The Canadian News

SaskTel says it has successfully completed a $ 107 million project to help expand its wireless network to rural Saskatchewan families.

The Crown Corporation announced Friday that the last 10 macro cell towers have been built as part of the government’s Wireless Saskatchewan initiative.

The towers will enhance 4G LTE wireless service to previously underserved areas of the province such as Aberdeen (south), Candle Lake, Carrot River (East), East Fairwell, Kuroki, Makwa, Marean Lake, Mount Pleasant, Prince Albert (East ) and Shaunavon (southeast).

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“Through Wireless Saskatchewan, SaskTel has greatly expanded its wireless network and significantly improved service for thousands of rural families, businesses and producers,” SaskTel Chief Minister Don Morgan said in a statement Friday.

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“With more than 1,000 SaskTel cell towers spread across the province, Saskatchewan has the best wireless coverage in Western Canada.”

The Wireless Saskatchewan program was announced in 2017 as a multi-phase initiative designed to improve wireless connectivity and high-speed Internet services in rural areas of the province.

The initiative focused on the construction of small cell sites to improve wireless coverage in 105 rural communities and the installation of 89 new 107-meter macro towers to improve coverage in busy provincial parks, along highways and in rural areas.

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Project funds were also allocated to improve wireless data capacity in 11 resort communities by upgrading existing cell towers.

“At SaskTel, we are committed to being the best in connecting the people of Saskatchewan to what matters most,” said SaskTel President and CEO Doug Burnett.

“Looking to the future, the new towers we have built as part of this program will help us bring 5G more deeply to rural Saskatchewan, ensuring that rural residents and businesses also benefit from the same technological advancements as many. in urban areas they take it for granted. . “

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