Canadian provincial full-service telco SaskTel is telling existing users of its rural high speed wireless internet services to arrange for a switchover to an alternative solution by the end of September to avoid disruption, as at the end of the year the frequencies used for the legacy service will be returned to the regulator, ahead of 4G licence re-auctioning in 2013/2014. SaskTel is suggesting users to switch to its fixed DSL (where available), cellular HSPA+ network, or a third party hybrid WiMAX/satellite broadband product offered by Xplornet. SaskTel states that it has 8,000 remaining customers on the rural high speed wireless internet service.
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