SaskTel has announced plans to invest $4.3 million to upgrade the wireless LTE network.

The network would serve Moose Jaw, the Battlefords, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Weyburn, and Yorkton.

Michelle Englot, director of external communications with SaskTel, said that they are upgrading the capacity of their LTE network.

"SaskTel has been committed to upgrading our wireless LTE network across the province," said Englot. "We're doing it primarily to increase the LTE capacity and to address the ever-growing demand for wireless data. We see exponential growth on the data side, and therefore we are continuing to invest in our wireless LTE network."

Increasing the capacity of their LTE network will allow more people on it with the network slowing down. 

Englot said the reason Swift Current was chosen as one of the six cities is its growth.

"Well, these are the cities that we see a lot of growth regarding the wireless data. We monitor our network quite closely and look at targeting our enhancements to meet the demand in each area," said Englot.

SaskTel will also install additional LTE carriers on all the wireless towers servicing these cities. This will increase their LTE capacity by 20-100%. 

These upgrades will come less than a year after SaskTel increased their LTE footprint to cover 99% of the population in the province.

These latest upgrades are part of SaskTel's commitment to invest over $300 million of capital in Saskatchewan in 2017-18 and 1.4 billion dollars through 2016 to 2021.

 

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