SaskTel announced that in recent months it has expanded its 5G network to more than 50 cell sites serving rural, resort, and First Nations communities as well as several major highways. Delivering hyper-fast data speeds, SaskTel’s 5G network is bringing a new level of connectivity to residents and businesses throughout Saskatchewan.
“Our government recognizes how important it is for the people of Saskatchewan to have access to fast and reliable wireless connectivity,” said Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “As SaskTel continues to make strong progress with their 5G expansion program, I am pleased to know that thousands of families across our province can take advantage of the tremendous opportunities and benefits made possible by this exciting new technology.”
Currently, SaskTel’s 5G network can deliver data speeds of up to 1.2 Gigabits per second (Gbps), and as it matures the network will provide significantly faster speeds. Other future benefits of 5G will include massive network capacity and ultra-low latency, all of which will enable new use cases for emerging wireless technologies that will be the foundation that next-generation innovations will be built upon.
“As Saskatchewan’s homegrown communications leader, we are firmly committed to delivering cutting-edge communications technologies and solutions to all of our customers, regardless of address,” said Chad Olson, SaskTel Chief Technology Officer. “This year, we will invest approximately $160 million to accelerate the rollout of our 5G network. On the strength of this record setting investment, we expect to deploy 5G on approximately 260 cell sites across Saskatchewan.”
SaskTel’s rollout of 5G will revolutionize connectivity across the province, especially in rural areas. Delivering incredible data speeds, 5G will help bridge the digital divide by providing residents with the capability to connect to the world faster than ever before. 5G will also support technological advancements in remote healthcare, online learning, agriculture, transportation, as well as other services and industries that are important to the economic prosperity and overall quality of life in rural Saskatchewan.
The continued expansion of its 5G and fibre networks are a direct result of SaskTel’s commitment to invest more than $1.6 billion of capital across Saskatchewan over the next five years. These investments will ensure Saskatchewan remains one of the most well-connected regions in the country.
In order to connect to its 5G network, SaskTel customers need to be within a 5G coverage area, have a 5G capable device that is certified for use on the SaskTel 5G network, and subscribe to a 5G compatible wireless plan.