SaskTel

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Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation
Type Crown corporation
Industry Telecommunications
Founded June 12, 1908
Headquarters Regina, Saskatchewan
Key people

Hon. Don McMorris, Minister Responsible for SaskTel
Ron Styles, President and CEO

Grant Kook, Chair of the Board of Directors
Revenue Increase $1.1 billion [1]
Employees 4,100
Website www.sasktel.com

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation, commonly known as SaskTel, is a full service communications provider in Saskatchewan. A crown corporation, SaskTel has $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 607,000 wireless accesses, 492,000 wireline network accesses, 250,000 internet accesses and 100,000 maxTV subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services including competitive voice, data, internet, entertainment, security monitoring, messaging, cellular, wireless data and directory services. In addition, SaskTel International offers software solutions and project consulting in countries around the world.

SaskTel and its wholly owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). It is the only remaining government-owned telecommunications company in North America.

Services[edit]

  • Local Telephone Service (over POTS or Optical fibre)
  • Internet and Interactive Services (Internet over VDSL or Optical fibre
  • Digital TV (SaskTel maxTV), including high-definition and PVR
  • Cellular Phones (CDMA/UMTS/HSPA+/LTE)
    • CDMA network planned to be discontinued in 2015 or 2016,[2] starting with EV-DO network shut down on September 30, 2014.[3]
  • Wireless Data Services
  • Wireless Internet (Over Satellite, in alliance and provided by Xplornet)
  • Telephone and Equipment Rental
  • Calling Features and Cards
  • Voice Messaging
  • Long Distance Plans
  • Conferencing Services
  • Home and Business Security
  • Voice over IP
  • International Consulting, Provisioning, and Software Solutions
  • Web Hosting and Website Design
  • Print and Online Directories

History[edit]

SaskTel, known from 1947 to the 1980s as Saskatchewan Government Telephones, has its origin in the Department of Railways, Telegraphs and Telephones, which was established on June 12, 1908. On October 1, 1909, the Department expanded its system by purchasing the Bell Telephone Company, the Saskatchewan Telephone Company, and the Wapella-Harris Telephone Company. The newly acquired facilities consisted of 18 telephone exchanges, 53 long-distance offices, and 492 pole miles of long-distance lines. Among the telephone exchanges purchased were those in Estevan, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, and Regina. In 1911, the Department expanded further with the purchases of Saltcoats District Telephone Company, the North-Western Telephone Company (Saskatoon), and the Swift Current System. On December 1, 1912, Yorkton was added to the provincial telephone system with the purchase of the North West Electric Company.

Technological and service advances[edit]

  • In 1984, SaskTel completed the world's longest commercial fibre optic system, 3,268 kilometres.[4]
  • In 1988, it developed the first fibre/coaxial hybrid network with pick-and-play Video-On-Demand.[4]
  • In 1994, it completed the installation and commissioning of telecommunications and control systems for the English Channel project.[5]
  • In 2002, it was the first to commercially deploy Internet Protocol (IP) video over digital subscriber line (DSL).[6]
  • In 2006, it was the first North American company to offer HDTV channels over an IPTV service[7]
  • In 2009, SaskTel began construction of a new $172 million Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) / High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) wireless network, which would give Sasktel a 3G+ Network and hold 98% of the population of Saskatchewan under its coverage.
  • In 2010, SaskTel, activated their new UMTS/HSPA+ network, now referred to as 4G.[8]
  • In 2011, SaskTel announced a 7-year Next Generation Broadband Access Program to deploy Fiber to the Premises in 9 largest centres in Saskatchewan.[9]
  • In 2013, SaskTel activated their LTE cellular network in Saskatoon, Regina, Weyburn, Moose Jaw, Estevan, North Battleford, Yorkton and Swift Current, now referred to as 4G LTE.[10]

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