Saskatchewan’s crown-owned telecommunications company is celebrating the completion of a $ 107 million initiative to connect the province to wireless internet.
The four-year “Wireless Saskatchewan” project, launched by SaskTel in 2017, officially concluded on September 10, 2021, with the completion of a final set of macro cell towers.
According to a Press release, the 10 recently launched towers will offer faster 4G LTE service to the communities of Aberdeen (south), Candle Lake, Carrot River (east), East Fairwell, Kuroki, Makwa, Marean Lake, Mount Pleasant, Prince Albert (east), and Shaunavon (southeast).
SaskTel previously launched 15 new towers in March 2021, serving the regions of Burnham, Clayridge, Crescent Lake, Duncairn, Filion Lake, Frenchman Butte, Great Deer, Keppel, Kessock, Main Center, Meacham (East), Murphy Creek, Parkerview, Sokal and Worcester.
In total, there are now 1,000 SaskTel towers erected throughout the province.
With the initiative complete, SaskTel announced that its next project will bring 5G internet service to rural Saskatchewan.
To achieve this goal, the province plans to invest $ 323 million in 2021-2023, and more than $ 1.4 billion in the next five years, to launch its 5G network.