Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. will be using Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. as its primary supplier as the company builds out its own 5G network, the company announced Monday. Samsung will be SaskTel’s sole vendor for the hardware, software and expertise needed for its 4G/5G Radio Access Network (RAN) and Core. “SaskTel’s deployment of a transformational 5G network will foster continued innovation and support the growth of Saskatchewan's technology sector,” Don Morgan, the minister responsible for SaskTel, said in a press release. “5G technology will deliver new levels of performance and efficiency that will enhance user experience and set the foundation for smart cities, next generation virtual healthcare, immersive education, smart agriculture technology and next level gaming,” said Morgan. SaskTel president and CEO Doug Burnett said the 5G network’s increased speeds, reliability and capacity will also better for supporting remote work, distance education and new 5G-ready devices on the market. Samsung isn’t the only provider telecoms are signing up with, and some are selecting multiple vendors. BCE Inc. announced Nokia Corp. as its first 5G vendor in February 2020, followed by its selection of Ericsson AB as the second in June. Telus Corp. named Samsung as its third partner that same month, followed by news of deals with Nokia and Ericsson, which is also working with Xplornet Communications Inc. Rogers Communications Inc. and Quebecor Inc. have indicated they will be using Ericsson and Samsung, respectively. SaskTel has spent over $3 billion since 2010 on its networks and investing in 5G tech, according to its press release. It previously said it had plans to spend $324 million across Saskatchewan by the end of the current fiscal year and $1.6 billion through to 2025.