SaskTel Expands 4G Footprint, Revamps Smartphone Portfolio

by Gaurav Kheterpal on July 22, 2011

SaskTel has been on a roll lately. In April, the carrier announced big plans for expansion that included $670 million reserves over the next seven years in a bid to bring “fibre to the premises.” Shortly thereafter, SaskTel reported its best operating year with a net income of $155.2 million and operating revenues of $1,112.4 million.

SaskTel yesterday announced that it has expanded its 4G wireless network to 13 more locations across the province of Saskatchewan. The carrier will provide highspeed Internet service to 28 First Nations communities in Saskatchewan over the next two years. It will also deliver 4G wireless coverage to 19 of those communities that do not currently have wireless coverage.

The carrier is also busy juicing up its smartphone portfolio – the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G is available for sale starting today. SaskTel also plans to offer the BlackBerry Bold 9900 but the launch date hasn’t been announced yet.

SaskTel’s expansion program is being funded by the Saskatchewan Infrastructure Improvement Fund, with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada contributing $8.8 million to the Saskatoon Tribal Council through the First Nations Infrastructure Fund. The carrier is an equal investor in the project. SaskTel says its targeting 4G launch in 12 communities at the end of this year and it will launch in the remaining 16 communities by the end of 2012. The carrier announced that its 4G network is already live in Pelican Lake First Nation and Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation communities.

“Our 4G wireless network delivers increased bandwidth, greater international roaming and a wider selection of wireless devices,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “4G is the new industry standard and will enable SaskTel to make a smooth transition to future generations of wireless technology.”

SaskTel says the additional capacity in Saskatoon will help reduce 4G network congestion within the city.

SaskTel’s current smartphone portfolio includes the iPhone 4 and handsets from BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Nokia, Samsung and Novatel. Last August, SaskTel claimed it had 100,000 BlackBerry customers in the province. And now it plans to step up the ante with the BlackBerry Bold 9900. The Samsung Galaxy S II 4G goes on sale today, customers are advised to call their favorite store or dealer for availability.

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