SaskTel, the leading full-service communications provider in Saskatchewan, has selected Alcatel-Lucent as the primary infrastructure provider to implement the telco’s recently announced fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) programme. The project will expand SaskTel’s broadband capacity in anticipation of increased customer demand for advanced services, such as bandwidth-hungry video applications. SaskTel recently announced it will invest approximately CAD670 million (USD686 million) in its seven-year Next Generation Broadband Access Programme from 2011 to 2017. Work will involve a GPON-based FTTP deployment and will upgrade the broadband network in the nine largest urban centres in the province. Based on Alcatel-Lucent’s scalable, High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture, SaskTel will deploy a single, fully converged, end-to-end IP network for its wireless and wireline business and residential services.