Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. announced Tuesday that its Code division multiple access (CDMA) network is entering its last year. In a press release, SaskTel said CDMA-reliant devices would no longer function after July 5, 2017, and that it would be transitioning existing customers to its 4G and 4G LTE network. “By shutting down the CDMA network, we can repurpose spectrum so we can continue to add capacity to our 4G and 4G LTE network province-wide and resources can be refocused towards emerging technologies, products, and services,” Ron Styles, SaskTel president and CEO, said in the release. According to the release, CDMA wireless technology is being phased out worldwide, with related devices and equipment becoming more expensive to repair and difficult to source. SaskTel said it stopped offering CDMA devices and service contracts as of March 31, 2015 “to ensure that no customer will be left in a contract and without coverage for the turn-down date.” Those with affected devices are being encouraged to “upgrade to a 4G or 4G LTE phone for as low as $0,” Styles added. SaskTel’s roaming partners will likely begin to phase out their CDMA networks early next year, the release said, with at least one confirming the shutdown of its network on Jan. 31, resulting in customers losing their service when leaving the province, the release said.