SaskTel Announces Saskatchewan Infrastructure Investment, Data Center

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SASKATOON, CANADA - At its new Tier II Data Center in Saskatoon, SaskTel announced that it will invest approximately $322 million in overall capital expenditures in 2014, with approximately $164 million being allocated toward its core Saskatchewan network. Residential and business customers in communities across the province can expect improved and expanded SaskTel services as a result of these latest major infrastructure investments. The investment will ensure SaskTel customers in Saskatchewan continue to receive some of the best wireless, maxTV, Internet, data and future IP-based services in the world.

SaskTel Tier II Data Center
The new SaskTel Data Center will offer a highly available, secure and stable operating environment for businesses IT infrastructure. The Tier II facility has several Tier III attributes that provide redundant power, cooling, and power generation. With SaskTel Data Center services, such as managed hosting and colocation, businesses will benefit from a secure data center environment and IT infrastructure management ensuring that their critical data is kept safe and secure.

“SaskTel continues to make significant capital investments as it transitions from a telephone company to a full-blown information and communications technology (ICT) company,” said Don McMorris, minister responsible for SaskTel. “This investment in infrastructure and launch of its new Data Center will allow SaskTel to deploy powerful new next generation technologies to better serve the people of Saskatchewan and grow the provincial economy.”

“To ensure financial viability going forward, SaskTel must continue to transform its business to provide the new products and services tied to emerging communications and information technologies while supporting revenues on the legacy side,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel president and CEO. “Today’s announcement is a perfect example of SaskTel’s strategic planning efforts as we outline our ongoing investment in optimizing our networks and the launch of our new Data Center which will contribute to our transformation to an ICT company.”

Saskatchewan Investment Program Highlights
In 2014, SaskTel will invest $55 million in its fiber-to-the-premise program (FTTP). An additional $5.3 million will be invested in its fiber-to-the-business program (FTTB) for a total of $55 million.

  • Bringing infiNET to Saskatchewan consumers is a $600 million nine-year program announced in 2012 which targets to have 100 percent of homes in the nine major centers in the province passed by 2020. In 2014, the FTTP program will pass 33,700 homes with a focus of connecting 18,000 more customers to infiNET in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert.

  • The FTTB program is a $20 million, seven-year program announced in 2013 that will bring fiber business services to the business districts in the nine major centers in the province. In 2014, SaskTel will begin converting existing DSL business customers in the downtown core areas of Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert.

  • Fiber will offer speeds that far exceed those of SaskTel’s current network and will allow SaskTel to deploy speeds up to 260 Mbps initially, with the capacity to significantly increase speeds over time. Customers will enjoy faster download and upload speeds to enhance the online experience when downloading or streaming video, uploading photos and videos, and participating in real-time gaming and video chat. infiNET will also support up to seven HD capable set top boxes, the ability to combine faster Internet speeds with maxTV and allow SaskTel to continue improving the TV watching experience.


In 2014, SaskTel will invest $74 million on a number of initiatives to meet basic network growth and other enhancements. Key initiatives include:

  • Network modernization - $6.29 million

  • Access and Core Demand and Planning - $40.4 million

  • Rural Ethernet Transport Strategy – $9.1 million

  • LTE – TDD Expansion - $7.1 million

  • CommunityNet - $1.8 million

  • Wi-Fi Expansion - $1.6 million

  • Community Participation Programs and Partnerships - $7 million


Other:

  • Network convergence - $1.3 million

  • Other network expenditures - $1.7 million

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