SaskTel Expands LTE in Rural Saskatchewan, VoLTE Coming

SaskTel has announced this morning its LTE wireless network has expanded in the province to 62 towers in rural Saskatchewan, specifically communities around Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, along Highway 11 between Regina & Saskatoon and west of Highway 11, and communities along Highway 7 west of Saskatoon.

“The Government of Saskatchewan understands the importance of providing advanced communications services to all parts of the province,” said Dustin Duncan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “The expansion of SaskTel’s wireless LTE network will have a profound impact on the social and economic development of everyone in the province.”

“SaskTel understands that our customers want access to fast and reliable data connections wherever they go,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “By expanding our LTE network to 99% of the population of the province we’re making that dream into a reality.”

SaskTel says the deployment of LTE will allow for the future debut of new wireless features, such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which means users can expect clearer calls, and the capability to use voice and data over LTE simultaneously.

Also, existing LTE networks within Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw continue to gain capacity, part of SaskTel’s commitment in 2016-2017 to spend over $300 million in capital investments and $1.4 billion through 2016 to 2021.