SaskTel Brings Fiber Services to U of Saskatechewan Housing Project

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REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN - SaskTel, a telco owned by the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, will kick off a provincewide fiber-to-the-premises project in November 2011. The first deployment will be at the University of Saskatchewan's College Quarter, a new development that will house about 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Over the next seven years, SaskTel's $670 million Next Generation Broadband Access Program will upgrade broadband networks in Saskatchewan's nine largest urban centers. The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, one of those centers.

"Today's announcement is yet another example of our commitment to fund innovative capital projects in the Crown sector," says Tim McMillan, the government minister responsible for province-owned enterprises. "Since 2008, we've seen an unprecedented capital investment of nearly $2.8 billion by the four major Crowns, with another $1.6 billion budgeted in 2011. We're keeping pace with demand growth, a byproduct of Saskatchewan's remarkable economic climate, as well as providing safe, reliable high quality services and renewing aging infrastructure."

SaskTel President and CEO Ron Styles says, "We believe that the deployment of fiber at the U of S College Quarter will provide residents with access to the highest-quality services and enhance the overall residential student experience." SaskTel will deploy speeds up to 200 Mbps, with the capacity to increase to 1 Gbps by the end of this decade and also offer video and voice services.

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