Wireless provider SaskTel has announced its plans to launch an LTE network in the fall of 2012. It will not be completed until the end of 2013, however.
SaskTel’s existing 4G wireless technology reaches download speeds of up to 21 Mbps. Its 2012 LTE network will reach download speeds of over 100 megabits per second and 50 Mbps upload (all theoretical). The higher bandwidth LTE will provide increased capacity to serve more customers, improved latency with respect to data applications and video, and it will allow SaskTel to provide more advanced and higher bandwidth video and multimedia services.
“LTE technology will significantly improve the customer experience and will provide our customers with data speeds of up to 5 times faster than our existing 4G network,” said Bill Boyd, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “SaskTel has a solid technology evolution plan that will ensure Saskatchewan residents continue to benefit from the most advanced wireless technology available. The initial LTE phones will be compatible with the 4G network and will seamlessly transmit voice over the 4G network and data over LTE until LTE is set up for both voice and data.”
SaskTel has the largest cellular network in Saskatchewan and is the first wireless service provider to announce its intention to deploy LTE in the Province.