SaskTel and University of Regina Partner to Deploy New Wireless Technology in Canada

by Istvan Fekete on January 11, 2016

sasktelSaskTel and the University of Regina announced a partnership last week that is the first of its kind in Canada to deploy a new wireless technology developed by Huawei Technologies. The technology is known as HetNet (Heterogeneous Network) and has been installed at the University in the Kinesiology building and the Riddell Centre.

The HetNet architecture combines a variety of technologies and frequencies in multiple locations that work together to deliver a high-quality user experience. To reach this goal, SaskTel used LTE products – Microcell and Lampsite – from Huawei Technologies. The products have been leveraged to provide deep penetration indoors and high-capacity LTE coverage speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

By the way, this is the first successful commercial deployment of the Huawei Lampsite product in Canada.

“This technology is the first of its kind in Canada and is being deployed to meet increasing demand for robust and reliable wireless service at the University of Regina,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “By working with the University of Regina to implement the HetNet technology we are able to demonstrate both our organizations’ commitment to being future focused.”

The engagement and mentoring of graduate students in the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science by SaskTel’s technology experts was instrumental in successfully completing the project. By working together with SaskTel throughout the entire process, the students not only had the chance to contribute to this major achievement but also gained invaluable industry experience with cutting-edge network infrastructure.

A recently published OpenSignal report measuring network performance ranked SaskTel’s one of the best in class. While the report didn’t compare SaskTel’s performance to that of the national carriers, due to its limited network coverage, it did note that download speeds exceeded those of the Big Three and averaged wireless data download speeds of 27 Mbps or more.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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