More First Nations have high speed internet access
- EFN Staff | September 16, 2017
From Big Island Cree Territory in northern Saskatchewan to Pheasant Rump in the South, these two Indigenous communities are amongst 24 First Nations communities in Saskatchewan that will be enjoying the benefits of faster high-speed internet from SaskTel. Customers in these communities have been automatically upgraded to internet service that is three times faster than their previous services with download speeds of up to 5 Mbps.
“With these upgrades, SaskTel is opening the doors to new opportunities for the residents of these communities,” said Joe Hargrave, Minister Responsible for SaskTel.
“SaskTel understands that our customers require access to fast and reliable communications services to succeed in today's digital world,” said Doug Burnett, SaskTel Acting President and CEO in a press release. “We take great pride in knowing that these upgrades will help the residents of these communities gain better access to business, education, and social opportunities that may otherwise be out of reach for them.”
Earlier this summer, SaskTel announced its plans to upgrade the internet services in 46 Indigenous communities within two years. The upgrades are part of the Crown Corporation’s commitment to invest $1.4 billion in capital in the province from 2016 until 2021 which will ensure that people in these communities will continue to receive some of the best communication and entertainment services in the world.
All SaskTel High Speed Internet packages include unlimited usage, free installation, in-home Wi-Fi, spam and email virus filtering, and 24/7 helpdesk support – all for one low monthly price.
The residents of 24 Indigenous and First Nations communities throughout the province can now enjoy the benefits of faster High-Speed Internet. See the attached appendix for a list of the upgraded communities.
All SaskTel High Speed Internet customers in these 24 communities have been automatically upgraded to internet service that is more than 3 times faster than their previous service, with download speeds of up to 5 Mbps. According to the press release, SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and approximately 1.4 million customer connections including 617,000 wireless accesses, 374,500 wireline network accesses and 276,000 Internet accesses.