SaskTel has announced two additional communities in Northern Saskatchewan now have 4G LTE wireless service.
New 4G LTE towers are online for two Indigenous communities of Buffalo River Dene Nation and Waterhen Lake First Nation. The new service is part of SaskTel’s Community Participation Program, which partners with these First Nations groups the Meadow Lake Tribal Council.
“I’m very pleased with today’s announcement and SaskTel’s Community Participation Program overall,” said Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel, in a press release. “Through the program, communities provide a portion of the funds required to cover the capital costs to bring services to their residents. As a result, SaskTel is able to expand services to areas of the province where it would not otherwise be economically feasible to do so.”
Joanne Roy, Chief of the Waterhen Lake First Nation, said this new service is “a great day for the people of our community,” adding “Up until today, we’ve had little or no cell coverage in our community. This new tower will have a tremendous impact on local businesses, safety, and the quality of life for our residents.”
Wes Sylvestre, Councillor for the Buffalo River Dene Nation and Richard Ben, Tribal Chief of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council, both applauded the new wireless service, saying the addition of 4G LTE will allow for better opportunities and an increased way of life for residents, thanking SaskTel for the partnership.