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SaskTel spending another $50 million on rural fibre optic broadband

telecom | 06/25/2021 5:16 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. (SaskTel) is throwing another $50 million into its Rural Fibre Initiative, doubling its total spending for the next few years. ...

Telecoms emphasize concerns, support for CRTC’s botnet blocking proposal

telecom | 05/06/2021 7:19 pm EDT

Canada’s big-three telecoms are doubling down on their assertions that the CRTC does not need to implement a proposal that would require them to block malicious botnet...

BH Telecom objects to SaskTel’s request for stay in funding

telecom | 04/27/2021 3:33 pm EDT

BH Telecom Corp. claims that it is local residents who will lose if Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. gets the stay it wants on millions in funding awarded to the company to connect more...

SaskTel chooses Samsung for 5G supplier

telecom | 03/15/2021 2:26 pm EDT

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...

Mandate access for Rogers, and spare us: SaskTel

telecom | 02/28/2020 1:32 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — If you’re going to mandate mobile virtual network operators in Saskatchewan, require...

Spectrum licence fees are too high already: big telecoms

telecom | 04/30/2019 3:38 pm EDT

An Innovation Canada consultation asking for comment about whether it should begin adjusting spectrum licence fees to keep up with the consumer price index has drawn opposition from BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. Bell told ISED in its written comments that the industry pays $185 million annually in spectrum licence fees, “an amount far in excess of the cost of administering spectrum licences.” In comparison, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States only collects half of that, it said. The company argued that increasing spectrum licence...

SaskTel now offers IPTV service

Media | 08/22/2018 5:58 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. (SaskTel) announced the launch of a new TV service using Ericsson AB’s MediaFirst-powered IPTV platform in a press release on Wednesday. Dubbed the maxTV Stream, according to the...

Bell tops broadband speed tests, but falls in customer satisfaction survey

Media | 06/22/2018 5:06 pm EDT

In a pair of studies measuring home internet service this week, BCE Inc. was positioned at the two ends of the spectrum, topping out the list of fastest connections in Canada, but falling to near the...

$26.4 million in rural internet funding announced for Sask.

telecom | 06/08/2018 6:26 pm EDT

The federal government and Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding...

CRTC consulting on NG911 network efficiency

telecom | 03/26/2018 1:29 pm EDT

The CRTC said Monday it is asking for input on next-generation 911 (NG911) network design efficiencies...

CRTC starts next steps on disaggregated regime expansion

Media | 03/12/2018 4:47 pm EDT

The CRTC is asking telecoms to provide information about demand for high-speed internet as the next step toward implementing the disaggregated wholesale regime in regions outside Ontario and Quebec....

NFL Sunday Ticket returns to broadcast TV with Dazn partnership

Media | 10/11/2017 6:16 pm EDT

Perform Group’s over-the-top (OTT) sports service Dazn is partnering with...

SaskTel updating rural wireless towers

telecom | 09/01/2017 5:27 pm EDT

Rural wireless towers in Saskatchewan are being upgraded to increase their LTE capacity, Saskatchewan...

Hargrave in as new SaskTel minister

telecom | 08/30/2017 4:24 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Co. has a new minister responsible for the Crown telecom...

SaskTel launches smart-home service

telecom | 08/21/2017 5:29 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Co. has rolled out a connected-home service, allowing customers to control their door locks, thermostats, lights and more from their personal devices. In a press release Monday, SaskTel said its new smartHome service lets users...

Transparency reporting in Canada: still opaque?

telecom | 07/31/2017 4:15 pm EDT

Without an Edward Snowden-like scandal, exposing inappropriate government access of citizens’ personal...

No wholesale obligations for new broadband fund projects: telcos

telecom | 07/04/2017 5:17 pm EDT

Mandating wholesale access as a condition of funding for projects under the CRTC’s new broadband funding regime will increase costs while effectively discouraging investment, two of the country’s...

SaskTel CEO leaving company July 1

telecom | 06/29/2017 2:38 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp.’s president and CEO, Ron Styles, will...

SaskTel to boost Internet speeds in indigenous communities

telecom | 06/20/2017 2:56 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. will improve Internet service...

Sask. to cost Internet improvements: report

telecom | 06/08/2017 4:50 pm EDT

The Saskatchewan government will appoint someone to investigate the cost of expanding Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp.’s Internet coverage, Premier Brad Wall was reported as saying this week, according to CTV News. “SaskTel will need some capital to do this. This will not be an inexpensive proposition,” Wall was reported as saying Tuesday, adding that the amount was still undetermined, but that he would appoint a legislative secretary to write a report on “installing improved Internet coverage across the province.” In a research note last month, Desjardins Capital...

‘Alternative video’ services more satisfying than pay TV: study

Media | 06/08/2017 3:10 pm EDT

Non-traditional TV subscribers, such as those who use over-the-top (OTT) services, are more satisfied than those with traditional pay-TV subscriptions, a new J.D. Power survey suggested. Customers...

Partial sale would bring benefits to SaskTel: Desjardins

telecom | 05/08/2017 6:53 pm EDT

The sale of a stake in Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. would help the crown corporation when it comes to adopting new technologies, according to Desjardins Capital Markets...

SaskTel minister confirms discussions about partial sale

telecom | 05/01/2017 8:22 pm EDT

Saskatchewan's minister for Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said last week the government met with a major Canadian telecom company to discuss a partial sale of the...

SaskTel completes LTE expansion

telecom | 03/30/2017 8:34 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said Thursday that it has finished its LTE expansion project. In the province, 99 per cent of residents are now served by its LTE network, SaskTel said in...

SaskTel sale off the table, Wall says

telecom | 03/07/2017 5:38 pm EST

The premier of Saskatchewan said Monday that the province will not pursue the sale of its telecommunications crown corporation, according to a report in the Canadian Press. Brad Wall said last year that the province...

Telecoms bond over stirring proposals to shake up call spoofing

telecom | 03/03/2017 7:18 pm EST

Technologies identified by the CRTC as potential tools to combat spoofed and nuisance calls have promise, but barriers to their deployment mean they’re not likely to be put in place any time...

SaskTel says it’s ‘concerned’ by end of local voice subsidy

telecom | 02/13/2017 6:09 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said Monday that it is concerned about the CRTC’s December decision to eliminate the local voice subsidy in favour of a...

Eliminate locked phones in Canada, Freedom Mobile tells CRTC

telecom | 02/08/2017 10:05 pm EST

In a departure from the positions of its fellow wireless providers, Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom Mobile suggested Wednesday the CRTC should forbid carriers from charging...

SaskTel opens Saskatoon data centre

telecom | 01/26/2017 9:00 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holdings Corp. said Thursday that its newest data centre is now operational. The 24,000-square-foot Tier III facility, first announced in 2015, “significantly increases SaskTel’s data centre capacity,” the company said. SaskTel “previously had a total of 31,088 square feet in 6 different data centre locations with 4 locations in Regina and 2 in Saskatoon,” the release added....

Sasktel ties for fastest LTE speeds in the world: OpenSignal

telecom | 11/10/2016 9:29 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp.’s LTE download speeds are among the fastest in the world, according to a new OpenSignal Inc. report. “In the fourth quarter, Singapore had...

CRTC’s lowering of HSA rates means small ISPs ‘free to innovate’: CNOC

telecom | 10/06/2016 8:00 pm EDT

The CRTC has set revised interim wholesale rates for high-speed access (HSA) services, criticizing large Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for proposing “unreasonable” rates that were too...

Union-backed ads call for SaskTel status quo

telecom | 09/09/2016 4:25 pm EDT

A union representing Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. employees has launched an advertising campaign calling for Premier Brad Wall to abandon any idea of selling the telecom. In a press release Thursday,...

Public would review suitable SaskTel offer: report

telecom | 08/25/2016 6:27 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took the conversation about a possible sale of the provincially owned telecommunications provider another step forward by suggesting that the province would put an offer, if received, to the public,...

Rogers’ OMNI application a ‘band-aid’ solution, critics say

Media | 08/18/2016 7:14 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.’s proposal for a new national ethnic programming service is neither innovative nor appropriate in today’s TV environment aimed at providing consumers more choice, critics of the application said in interventions filed with the CRTC. “Rogers, with their correct assertion that there exist many options for Canadians to choose from to access ethnic programing, prove the point that OMNI is not unique, not rare, and certainly not...

CRTC allowing off-tariff GSM agreements, for now

telecom | 08/05/2016 8:50 pm EDT

The CRTC has determined that a hands-off approach to regulating roaming rates on GSM networks until it approves a final set of guidelines would not put smaller carriers in a negotiating disadvantage with larger ones. The...

SaskTel sale to Telus ‘logical’: Barclays

telecom | 08/03/2016 8:28 pm EDT

Telus Corp. would be the “logical buyer” of Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp., according to Barclays Capital. Ahead of Telus’s second-quarter earnings report Friday, analyst Phillip Huang...

SaskTel connects Estevan to FTTH

telecom | 07/28/2016 7:04 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. announced Thursday its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service is now available in some residential areas of the southeastern city of Estevan. The new connections will give...

SaskTel to improve Internet service in 7 communities

telecom | 07/20/2016 4:46 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said Wednesday that it’s installing additional equipment on towers in rural areas around seven Saskatchewan communities that will relieve...

SaskTel phasing out CDMA network next summer

telecom | 07/05/2016 7:27 pm EDT

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...

SaskTel expands LTE network to reach nearly all residents

telecom | 06/21/2016 4:23 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. is injecting $11.8 million to expand its LTE wireless network to include “nearly everyone in Saskatchewan.” “We anticipate that...

Bell-MTS deal could pose regulatory risk for SaskTel: report

telecom | 06/20/2016 8:43 pm EDT

The biggest risk to Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. in the wake of BCE Inc.’s proposed $3.9-billion takeover of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. is the...

Wall prefers SaskTel sale over public offering: report

telecom | 06/15/2016 4:04 pm EDT

Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall told reporters he would rather sell Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. than take the company public and sell shares on the open market, Bloomberg...

SaskTel enhancing wireless coverage on Highway 18

telecom | 06/03/2016 6:44 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. is updating its wireless network along a 130-kilometre stretch of highway, the company announced Wednesday. A $2.1-million investment into Highway 18 from the south-eastern city of Estevan to the Saskatchewan-Manitoba boarder will “increase the coverage footprint along the highway and improve service to the adjacent communities,” a SaskTel press release said. The company added that it is also enhancing Estevan’s LTE network, “which will increase the LTE capacity by approximately 25% as well as improve LTE...

SaskTel chooses company to conduct review

telecom | 05/27/2016 6:13 pm EDT

Toronto-based consulting company Mark H. Goldberg and Associates Inc. will conduct the third-party review of Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp., the company announced Friday. The review, launched in...

SaskTel announces capital investment plan

telecom | 05/16/2016 8:17 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said Monday it was making a more-than-$1.4-billion capital investment over the next five years to upgrade its systems and networks. Of that investment, $331 million is allotted...

Big-box wireless customers ‘high risk’: study

telecom | 05/13/2016 8:43 pm EDT

Consumers who shop at big-box stores are more likely to purchase unlocked phones and are more likely to switch wireless providers, according to results of a study released Thursday. Half of the customers who buy phones from...

SaskTel embarking on review in wake of Bell-MTS deal

telecom | 05/06/2016 8:00 pm EDT

Faced with the prospect of becoming “an island in Western Canada” at the conclusion of the proposed Manitoba Telcom Services Inc. sale, Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. is...

SaskTel says 1,000 customers hit by phishing scam

telecom | 02/26/2016 9:46 pm EST

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said in a release Friday that it was recently the target of a “large phishing attack.” It said it estimates the attack affected about 1,000 customers. The company added that it would “be proactively resetting the password for impacted email accounts.” It said it “continues to urge customers to practice secure password management as there has been an increase in phishing scams, including attempted attacks on sasktel.net accounts.”  ...

Competition Bureau seeks info on iPhone pricing from carriers

telecom | 06/15/2015 9:01 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau has filed applications in Federal Court seeking information from wireless carriers about how they set prices for Apple Inc.’s devices. The applications involve BCE Inc.,...

Bell, Telus, SaskTel and Videotron rank highest in customer survey

telecom | 06/11/2015 8:45 pm EDT

A new survey from J.D. Power says wireless customers in Ontario gave the highest marks for network performance to BCE Inc. and Telus Corp., those in the West to Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding...

SaskTel launches new enterprise Internet service

telecom | 04/30/2015 8:20 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said in a press release Thursday it has launched a new Internet service for its business customers with speeds of up to 10 Gbps per second. The Saskatchewan-government owned company...

SaskTel launches mobile-payment capabilities

Media | 04/24/2015 7:03 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said Thursday it has launched mobile-payment capabilities for wireless customers who bank with Toronto Dominion Bank and have certain devices. SaskTel said the current service works...

SaskTel extends LTE to 62 rural communities

telecom | 04/07/2015 3:24 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. announced Monday that it has extended LTE coverage to 62 more rural communities in the province on the 850 MHz band. SaskTel said in a press release it is approximately doubling the...

Wind spectrum sale to SaskTel prevented: report

telecom | 03/13/2015 2:54 pm EDT

A proposed sale of spectrum in Saskatchewan from Wind Mobile to Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. was cancelled because of a negative reaction by federal government officials, the Financial Post reported. An article...

SaskTel releases transparency report

telecom | 10/01/2014 5:06 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. on Wednesday joined other telecom providers in releasing a transparency report, which showed that it received 11,857 requests for information last year from government agencies and...

TekSavvy asks CRTC for help to launch TV service

Media | 09/16/2014 9:15 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Independent ISP TekSavvySolutions Inc. told the CRTC Tuesday it is considering becoming a TV distributor, on the same day that it announced a “partnership” with Hastings Cable Vision Ltd., an...

MTS, SaskTel to carry iPhone 6

telecom | 09/15/2014 5:26 pm EDT

Two regional wireless carriers from the Prairie provinces announced Monday they will carry Apple Inc.'s new iPhone 6. when it becomes available on Sept. 19. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. and Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. both issued press releases indicating they will carry the iPhone 6, which, among other things, will feature a larger screen, an improved camera and improved WiFi operability. MTS will start its iPhone 6 pricing at $265 for the 16 GB model, while SaskTel's price starts at $264.99 for the same model. Both prices are for customers signing two-year contracts that start at $55 a month with MTS and $60 a month for SaskTel. Quebecor Inc.'s Videotron has said it will offer the iPhone 6 to coincide with the launch of its new LTE network this month. BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus...

DiversityCanada granted fraction of costs claimed in CRTC proceeding

telecom | 08/15/2014 6:29 pm EDT

The CRTC said that four telecommunications companies must pay a portion of the costs incurred by the DiversityCanada Foundation during the CRTC’s consultation on the removal of a last payphone...

Analysts, carrier question policy on AWS-3 set-asides

telecom | 08/06/2014 7:21 pm EDT

Analysts are split on the wisdom of Industry Canada’s rules for the upcoming AWS-3 auction, which appear to put valuable spectrum in two provinces out of reach for any carrier. The spectrum rules, detailed on July 28, set...

SaskTel renews PPV licence, independent committee still required

telecom | 07/18/2014 6:42 pm EDT

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. was granted a renewal of its licence to operate a national pay-per-view service, the CRTC said Friday, though it was denied a request to eliminate the...

700 MHz auction ‘biased against regional carriers’: SaskTel

telecom | 02/20/2014 8:09 pm EST

Ron Styles, president of Saskatchewan telecom services provider SaskTel, said Thursday that the 700 MHz wireless spectrum auction’s format was “clearly biased against regional...

Sasktel boosts Internet speeds in 7 communities

telecom | 11/26/2013 7:30 pm EST

Sasktel is upgrading the Internet speeds it makes available to its customers in Pike Lake, Leask, Choiceland, Marsden, Meath Park, Sheho and Star Blanket Cree Nation, Sask., the company said Thursday. The company said in a release that customers will be able to subscribe to Internet speeds of up to 5 Mbps for downloads. SaskTel said the expansion is part of a strategy to increase Internet speeds in rural Saskatchewan. “SaskTel’s rural strategy includes upgrading speeds to 10 Mbps download in over 220 existing DSL communities, in addition to expanding DSL of up to 5 Mbps to 50...

SaskTel launches 4G push-to-talk

telecom | 10/30/2013 8:41 pm EDT

SaskTel launched its next-generation “push-to-talk” service, which will serve as an alternative to its service operating on the CDMA network, the company said. Push-to-talk services cater to a niche market of business...

SaskTel launches fixed wireless LTE

telecom | 09/24/2013 8:40 pm EDT

SaskTel is launching a new fixed wireless fourth-generation LTE service for its customers now receiving wireless broadband Internet (WBBI) service from towers in 12 communities where its high throughput satellite service is not...

SaskTel completes wireless upgrades

telecom | 04/19/2013 7:43 pm EDT

SaskTel completed 22 wireless “infrastructure enhancement projects” in March to expand the coverage and capacity of its mobile wireless network, the company said. In a release Thursday, SaskTel, a provincial Crown...

SaskTel expands LTE

telecom | 03/11/2013 10:08 pm EDT

SaskTel completed 22 fourth-generation LTE “network infrastructure enhancement projects” last month to address consumer demand for more network capacity and coverage, the telecom provider and provincial Crown corporation said. In a release Monday, SaskTel said its February...

SaskTel turns on LTE, announces capex plans

telecom | 01/31/2013 10:11 pm EST

SaskTel launched its next-generation LTE network in and around Saskatchewan’s two most populous cities and said it will invest about $400 million in capital expenditures this year. In a release Wednesday, SaskTel said it...

SaskTel billing glitch leads to $100,000 bills

telecom | 12/06/2012 9:46 pm EST

A technical glitch caused SaskTel wireless customers to receive bills for data usage of up to $100,000 each, the company said on its website Tuesday. “As part of the 4G LTE network capacity enhancements, SaskTel was...

SaskTel releases online video service

Media | 11/21/2012 10:48 pm EST

SaskTel launched a new on-demand video and music streaming service called Max Online. The company said in a release Tuesday that Max Online is available without charge to residential Max TV subscribers. The new service, SaskTel...

MTS and SaskTel reach roaming agreement

telecom | 11/07/2012 10:07 pm EST

MTS Allstream Inc. reached a roaming agreement with SaskTel that “immediately” improves its HSPA+ wireless coverage in Saskatchewan, the company said Wednesday. In a release, MTS said its customers now have access to...

SaskTel increases 2012 wireless capex

telecom | 10/19/2012 8:02 pm EDT

SaskTel increased its 2012 budget for wireless enhancements from $70 million to $100 million, the company said Thursday. In a release to promote the provincial Crown corporation’s wireless infrastructure plans, SaskTel said accelerating growth in demand for wireless services caused the company to increase its financial commitment to wireless service upgrades. It said it initially intended to spend about $70 million on service upgrades in 2012 but since “increased our commitment by $30 million.” SaskTel said completed infrastructure enhancements include 33 new towers, two...

SaskTel announces fixed wireless alternatives

telecom | 09/24/2012 8:59 pm EDT

SaskTel will use Internet sticks and its high-throughput satellite signals to serve thousands of rural customers who will lose fixed wireless Internet service at the end of 2012, the provincial Crown corporation said Monday. Last...

SaskTel and Huawei to trial fixed broadband on LTE

telecom | 09/10/2012 9:21 pm EDT

SaskTel is teaming up with Huawei Technologies Co. to trial a fourth-generation LTE fixed wireless network in Saskatchewan, the companies said Monday. In a release, SaskTel said the trial will use Huawei “solutions and...

SaskTel reports 600,000 wireless customers

telecom | 08/30/2012 9:04 pm EDT

SaskTel reached 600,000 wireless customers in the province of Saskatchewan, the company said Wednesday. SaskTel said in a release that its mobile network is “the most extensive” in the province and currently available...