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Sask-watch: 'Big-footprint' seen in prairies

27 Nov 2008

The government of Saskatchewan announced yesterday that high speed internet access will be extended to all rural communities in the prairie province within three years under a new CAD129 million (USD105 million) infrastructure rollout plan. Regional incumbent telco SaskTel’s fixed broadband network footprint will be expanded to cover 100% of the population, up from 86% currently, via an expansion of the existing CommunityNet high speed network, and a partnership with a satellite firm in order to provide access to the most remote areas; rural backbone infrastructure will also be upgraded. In addition, 50 new mobile base stations will be added to SaskTel’s cellular network to raise coverage to 98% of Saskatchewan’s population, up from the current 96%. The provincial government is providing CAD90 million for the infrastructure projects, while CAD39 million is to come from the Crown Corporation’s budget.

Canada, SaskTel

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