Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.1 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 568,000 wireless accesses, 528,000 wireline network accesses, 230,000 internet accesses and 85,000 Max™ (IPTV) subscribers. SaskTel provides communications products and services including voice, data, internet, entertainment, national security, messaging, cellular, wireless data and directory services. In addition, SaskTel International offers software solutions and project consulting in countries around the world. SaskTel and its wholly owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,100 employees.
- Local Telephone Service (over POTS or Optical fibre)
- Internet and Interactive Services (Internet over VDSL or Optical fibre)
- Digital TV (SaskTel Max), including high-definition and PVR
- Cellular Phones (CDMA/UMTS/HSPA+/LTE)
- Wireless Data Services
- Wireless Internet (Over Satellite, in alliance and provided by Xplornet)
- Telephone and Equipment Rental
- Calling Features and Cards
- Voice Messaging
- Long Distance Plans
- Conferencing Services
- Home and Business Security
- Voice over IP
- International Consulting, Provisioning, and Software Solutions
- Web Hosting and Website Design
- Print and Online Directories
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SaskTel, known from 1947 to the 1980s as Saskatchewan Government Telephones, has its origin in the Department of Railways, Telegraphs and Telephones, which was established on June 12, 1908. On October 1, 1909, the Department expanded its system by purchasing the Bell Telephone Company, the Saskatchewan Telephone Company, and the Wapella-Harris Telephone Company. The newly acquired facilities consisted of 18 telephone exchanges, 53 long-distance offices, and 492 pole miles of long-distance lines. Among the telephone exchanges purchased were those in Estevan, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, and Regina. In 1911, the Department expanded further with the purchases of Saltcoats District Telephone Company, the North-Western Telephone Company (Saskatoon), and the Swift Current System. On December 1, 1912, Yorkton was added to the provincial telephone system with the purchase of the North West Electric Company.
Technological and service advances 
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- In 1984, SaskTel completed the world's longest commercial fibre optic system, 3,268 kilometres.
- In 1988, it developed the first fibre/coaxial hybrid network with pick-and-play Video-On-Demand.
- In 1994, it completed the installation and commissioning of telecommunications and control systems for the English Channel project.
- In 2002, it was the first to commercially deploy Internet Protocol (IP) video over digital subscriber line (DSL).
- In 2006, it was the first North American company to offer HDTV channels over an IPTV service
- In 2009, SaskTel began construction of a new $172 million Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) / High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) wireless network, which would give Sasktel a 3G+ Network and hold 98% of the population of Saskatchewan under its coverage.
- In 2010, SaskTel, activated their new UMTS/HSPA+ network, now referred to as 4G.
- In 2011, SaskTel announced a 7-year Next Generation Broadband Access Program to deploy Fiber to the Premises in 9 largest centres in Saskatchewan.
- In 2013, SaskTel activated their LTE cellular network in Saskatoon and Regina, now referred to as 4G LTE.
External links 
Wed, 22 May 2013 13:29:38 -0700
Don McMorris, Minister Responsible for SaskTel, said in a release that extending broadband to more rural areas will make it more attractive for people, particularly business owners who want to live outside of the large cities but need a faster ...
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Tue, 21 May 2013 11:58:14 -0700
Fifty more communities are going to have much faster internet access very soon, thanks to SaskTel. The Crown corporation is expanding its high speed internet offerings, and will be in those 50 communities by the end of next year. On the list for 2013 ...
Vancouver Sun (blog)
Fri, 10 May 2013 11:24:51 -0700
Among full-service wireless carriers, SaskTel took the top ranking for the second year in a year with a score of 712 based on a 1,000-point scale, followed by Telus Mobility at 699. Bell Mobility came third at 674, with Rogers trailing in fourth place ...
Mon, 06 May 2013 16:13:32 -0700
The Saskatchewan government reported Monday that the employee put credit on their own SaskTel account, put refund amounts into their own bank account, and stole money from the cash drawer from August 2011 to January 2013. When it was discovered, ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Mon, 13 May 2013 23:01:14 -0700
News Summary SaskTel implemented a comprehensive suite of Oracle solutions to support an enhanced cross-channel customer experience and improve service offer design and order delivery for its digital TV, Internet, phone and next-generation service ...
Fri, 10 May 2013 19:57:54 -0700
REGINA --This year Saskatchewan residents are expected to place one million telephone calls on Mother's Day, according to SaskTel. This Sunday, Sasktel's systems will be inundated with an estimated 580,000 landline calls, and 410,000 wireless calls.
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:27:26 -0700
Certain technologies are taken for granted in southern Saskatchewan, but thanks to a new initiative between Sasktel, SaskPower, and Cameco, the north will soon have better communication technology and more reliable power. The three corporations are ...
Thu, 09 May 2013 09:15:22 -0700
J.D. Power have released their annual Canadian Wireless Total Ownership Experience Study. This ranks our Canadian carriers on customer service, retail experience and what smartphones are being used. Based on feedback from 13,300 Canadians, ...
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