Sasktel upgrading services through fibre optics

By Natalie Geddes
August 10, 2012 - 7:21am

In their most expensive upgrade SaskTel will provide faster internet and better HD television.

The crown corporation is replacing their network with infiNET, fibre optic cables capable of eight times the download speed currently offered.

“Today our current high speed ultra package has up to 25 megabits per second but with the upgrade customers will have the opportunity to go up to 200 megabits per second” explained Michelle Englot with SaskTel.

How does that size up to other internet providers in the province?

Access Communications currently offers a top download speed of 20 megabits per second, while Shaw Communications already offers 250 megabits per second in their most expensive internet package.

SaskTel’s upgrade will cost is a whooping $670 million but Ron Styles, media president of the company, promised the monthly fees to customers will not be affected.

The new network is to be in 40-thousand homes in Saskatoon and Regina by the end of the year.

It will be added to Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Swift Current, Yorkton, North Battleford and Prince Albert over the next seven years.

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