Four-Phase Broadband Project Kicks Off in Saskatchewan
In December 2017, the Government of Saskatchewan announced plans for a four-phase initiative aimed at improving high-speed internet services and providing access to reliable cellular services in rural areas, reported DiscoverWeyburn.com
Now, Canadian carrier Sasktel has announced the first 43 rural communities in the province of Saskatchewan that will receive the upgrades to their 4G LTE cellular services, including Filmore, Sedley, Manor, Lang, Torquay, Midale and Odessa.
“This will be done by the construction of a small cell site tower in each of these locations, and it will improve the 4G cellular services within each of the towns and the immediate surrounding area,” said Michelle Englot, Communications Director for Sasktel. All communities receiving towers have already agreed to installation, she added.
Englot said the upgrades to the first 43 towers will be completed by the end of March 2019. The remaining 57 locations for Phase 2 will be announced when details are finalized.
“Phase 3 is working with independent providers in Saskatchewan, to identify opportunities to improve wireless beyond that,” she explained. “Phase 4 is the Legislative Secretary to the Minister responsible for Sasktel’s continuing to work with municipalities across the province to identify further coverage gaps in rural Saskatchewan.”