On Monday, SaskTel announced plans to improve 4G LTE cellular services in 41 additional rural communities throughout Saskatchewan by deploying a small cell site solution.

The expansion is part of Phase 2 of the Government of Saskatchewan’s plan to provide rural communities with enhanced access to reliable cellular and high-speed internet services.

“In all of these communities, we have gone through the full public consultation process, and we’ve acquired the land and we’re now ready to begin work on the towers,” said Michelle Englot, Director of External Communications with SaskTel.

“The first 50 locations that we’ve already announced, the tower will be complete by the end of March, and we’ll actually, in fact, be beginning to turn up some of those locations beginning in January,” she explained.

“We’ll make full announcements once we have those locations ready to turn up, and then these 41 we’ll start work on next fiscal year, which begins end of March, and they will be complete by the end of the next fiscal year, which is March 31, 2020.

Pangman, Creelman, Halbrite, Ceylon, Gladmar, and Minton are among the communities set to receive the towers. 

She added that these are, in fact, new tower constructions.

There will be an additional nine communities that will be announced shortly.

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