SaskTel Launches Fiber Optic Service

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REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA - SaskTel, the leading telecommunications provider in Saskatchewan, announced the launch of infiNET, its new fiber optic network with download speeds of up to 200 Mbps. SaskTel will invest $670 million over seven years to deploy FTTP in the nine largest urban centers in the province.

"By deploying fiber to residences in these communities, SaskTel is not only providing Saskatchewan people with cutting-edge technology; they are also proactively planning for the increased network capacity that the continued unprecedented population growth in Saskatchewan will demand," says Don McMorris, minister responsible for SaskTel.

"We have always been a leader in providing our customers with world-class products and services, and we are proud to invest in emerging technology that will enhance our customers' communication experiences today, while also setting the groundwork for technology enhancements in the future," says Ron Styles, SaskTel president and CEO. "infiNET will future proof SaskTel's network by allowing upgrades for future speed increases without replacing the fiber."

SaskTel is deploying infiNET to the province's nine largest centers in stages and has already begun work in both Regina and Saskatoon. Customers in areas of Regina and Saskatoon where infiNET is now available are being converted to the new network, and SaskTel estimates that more than 40,000 homes will be passed by fiber by the end of 2012. SaskTel will deploy infiNET to all residential areas in the province's nine urban centres by the end of 2017. infiNET will be the fastest communications network in Saskatchewan, offering Internet access at speeds up to 200 Mbps downstream and 60 Mbps upstream and supporting up to seven high-definition set-top boxes per home.

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