SaskTel’s infiNET coming to Prince Albert this year

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SaskTel is giving the people want they want -- more speed.

This spring, SaskTel hopes to bring infiNET, their new fibre optic network, to Prince Albert.



“SaskTel has a proven record of exploring emerging technologies and providing the people of this great province with access to the best technology available,” minister responsible for SaskTel, Don McMorris said in a news release. “SaskTel continues to show commitment and leadership by building world class networks that enhance the quality of life for all Saskatchewan people.”

This will be a major upgrade to the current services the company currently provides.

“Essentially right now SaskTel’s network goes just to what they call the node but this brings fibre right to customers’ houses, so it is right to the premise,” SaskTel director of external communications, Michelle Englot said. “Essentially it provides a service that allows us to future-proof our network and to continue to upgrade future speeds without replacing the fibre optics.”

The fibre optics will not only allow better service, but faster too with download speeds up to 260 Mbps and upload speeds up to 60 Mbps.

“InfiNET does give revolutionary speeds that allow customers to transfer files, download movies and music in a fraction of the time,” Englot said. “It also works with our HD service as well -- it is our MAX programming and it increases the amount of set-top boxes customers can have in their home.”

With infiNET, customers will be able to have up to seven set-tops in their home.

“They can connect up to seven set-top boxes just because there is more bandwidth dedicated right to their home,” Englot said. “It provides the opportunity for us to give customers in Prince Albert an amazing service.”

At the moment, only parts of Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw has this new service, Englot said.

“We are just going area by area because it does require SaskTel having to upgrade the line into each person’s house,” Englot said. “It is a fairly extensive capital program for us and we do have Moose Jaw close to completion.

“You will see a lot of activity with SaskTel crews beginning soon in Prince Albert because we do need to essentially bring the fibre to everybody’s house,” she added. “We are anticipating we will have a commercial launch with the first availability sometime in the spring.”

It will cost $670 million to deploy this service to all the nine largest urban centres in Saskatchewan, including Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Estevan, Weyburn, Swift Current, Yorkton and North Battleford.

When it gets closer to the roll-out date, Englot said, they will have a news conference to inform the public how the launch in Prince Albert will work.

“(We will) set up a demo so you can see how much faster the service is from our existing service,” Englot said.

The service will also help SaskTel stay ahead of the curve, to provide great service in the future, she said.

“Because it is all over fibre optics, it allows us (to do more than through) our old copper lines,” Englot said. “It is just essentially upgrading our network and it should last well into the future.”

For more information on this service, visit sasktel.com/infinet.

Organizations: SaskTel, Prince Albert

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon Swift Current Yorkton North Battleford

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