SaskTel extends broadband service into three new rural areas

SaskTel is continuing to make progress with its rural Saskatchewan broadband expansion effort, announcing that it will bring two of its basic DSL tiers to Paddockwood, Domremy and Loreburn.

Residential customers in these three towns will be able to get a choice of two DSL service options: SaskTel High Speed Basic Level 2 and SaskTel High Speed Advanced, which offer download speeds of up to 5 and 10 Mbps.

Bringing service into these additional towns is part of a country-wide initiative to increase the availability of broadband service in rural Saskatchewan that was introduced at the 2013 Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities annual conference.

Under SaskTel's Rural Strategy, the service provider plans to upgrade its copper network facilities in more than 220 existing rural communities to support up to 10 Mbps service, while expanding the Basic Level 2 5 Mbps offering to 50 additional communities.

Sasktel continues to make good on its rural broadband promise. Earlier this year, it announced that it would enable residential and business customers in 30 communities to get access to the service provider's High Speed Basic Level 2 package that offers speeds of up to 5 Mbps and 10 Mbps.

Outside of the rural areas, Sasktel introduced a new plan to invest $55 million on its fiber to the premises (FTTP) consumer and fiber to the business (FTTB) program. With a goal of passing 33,700 homes with fiber, the FTTP program will focus on connecting 18,000 more residential customers to its inifiNet brand service in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert.

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