Moose Jaw residents are the first to gain access to SaskTel’s new ‘inifiNET’ fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, the telco announced, adding that all 26,000 residential broadband customers in the locality will be covered by direct fibre within a year, while deployment to businesses will begin this autumn, with no installation fees for those signing up. SaskTel’s FTTP programme represents a seven-year CAD670 million (USD662 million) investment, including a CAD32.5 million four-year project starting this year in Moose Jaw. The network will expand to eight other centres in Saskatchewan – Regina, Saskatoon, Weyburn, Estevan, Swift Current, Yorkton, North Battleford and Prince Albert.
Elsewhere, SaskTel has announced that residents of two additional First Nations communities, Poundmaker and Sweet Grass First Nations, have access to its high speed internet services. The expansion is part of an initiative announced in 2010 to provide high speed internet including mobile broadband coverage to 28 First Nations communities.