Saskatchewan full-service operator SaskTel yesterday launched its commercial HSPA+ mobile network, initially covering Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Yorkton, Swift Warman, Hepburn Current, Prince Albert, North Battleford, Buffalo Pound, White City, Melville, Dalmeny, Martensville, Waldheim and most connecting highways. ‘When the network is complete in 2011, it will be available to 98% of the population of the province,’ said Bill Boyd, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. The 3.5G network, also referred to as ‘3G+’, will allow SaskTel customers to enjoy download speeds approximately four times faster than on the company’s existing CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A network, with the initial implementation of HSPA+ technology offering a theoretical maximum throughput of 21Mbps (downlink)/5.8Mbps (upload). Ron Styles, SaskTel president and CEO, said, ‘The 3G+ network puts a platform in place for the long term and ensures a smoother transition to fourth generation (4G) wireless technology known as Long Term Evolution (LTE).’
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