SaskTel has announced this evening it plans to expand its 4G network to the historic destination of Back to Batoche, along with St. Isidore-de-Bellevue, the One Arrow First Nation and surrounding areas around Batoche.
“The growing importance of Back to Batoche combined with the continuing strength of the surrounding area builds a strong case for SaskTel to expand our 4G coverage here,” said Don McMorris, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “We are committed to building and powering the largest, fastest and most complete wireless network in the Province, and we are pleased to invest in this area and add future strength to these communities.”
Métis Nation of Saskatchewan President Robert Doucette said “This tower will give access to emergency services for the site and local communities, give students technology to enhance learning and further develop the economic opportunities for the festival and permanent residents.”
The annual Back to Batoche festival, which celebrates Métis culture and heritage over four days, started yesterday and continues through this weekend until Sunday.
SaskTel says it will start immediately to design, develop and implement the tower, which is expected to be operational in July 2014.