Canadian regional full-service telco SaskTel and Chinese technology provider Huawei have signed an agreement to launch a Time Division Duplex Long Term Evolution (TDD-LTE) fixed wireless broadband trial in Saskatchewan. The trial is aimed at determining the feasibility of wireless broadband and voice services for customers in predominantly rural locations, and SaskTel is claiming it as Canada’s first 2.5GHz TDD-LTE deployment. Trials will be launched in at least three rural locations by December 2012, offering download speeds of up to 100Mbps and local telephony services, in order to determine comparability with existing landline services using copper wire infrastructure. The trial period will conclude in August 2013, following which Huawei and SaskTel will jointly analyse results to produce a report that includes an economic overview for the replacement of sections of its rural copper network. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that SaskTel previously utilised its 2.5GHz frequencies for rural fixed wireless services in Saskatchewan based on pre-WiMAX technology.