SaskTel infiNET FTTP network open for business

Fiber to the home (FTTH) has taken another step forward in Canada as SaskTel has begun rolling out its infiNET fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network. SaskTel says it will use the infiNET FTTP network to support Internet download speeds of up to 200 Mbps and upload rates of 60 Mbps in its home province of Saskatchewan.

Fiber to the home (FTTH) has taken another step forward in Canada as SaskTel has begun rolling out its infiNET fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network. SaskTel says it will use the infiNET FTTP network to support Internet download speeds of up to 200 Mbps and upload rates of 60 Mbps in its home province of Saskatchewan.

The seven-year roll out, which will cost an estimated CAN$670 million, will target the nine largest urban centers in the province: Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Swift Current, Yorkton, North Battleford, and Prince Albert. Work has already begun in Regina and Saskatoon. SaskTel expect the network will pass more than 40,000 homes by the end of this year. The service provider the roll out to finish by the end of 2017.

"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," said 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," added Ron Styles, SaskTel president and CEO. "infiNET will future proof SaskTel's network by allowing upgrades for future speed increases without replacing the fiber."

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