Launch of first TDD-LTE 2.5 GHz fixed wireless trial in Canada
BEIJING, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - SaskTel and Huawei today announced the
signing of an agreement to launch a TDD-LTE (Long Term Evolution) fixed
wireless trial in Saskatchewan. The trial will help determine the
feasibility of wireless broadband and voice services for customers in
predominantly rural locations, using Huawei solutions and equipment.
The agreement was signed in Huawei's traditional courtyard facility in
Beijing, by Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO, and Sean Yang,
President of Huawei Canada. The signing was witnessed by Brad Wall,
Premier of Saskatchewan.
"This is another great first in a long list of firsts for SaskTel, and I
am pleased that SaskTel is continuing its commitment to investigating
opportunities to provide rural customers with advanced communications
solutions," Premier Brad Wall said.
"We are very pleased to be working with SaskTel in launching Canada's
first 2.5 GHz TDD-LTE deployment," said Sean Yang. "The ability to
bring next generation high-speed wireless technology to residents and
businesses across the Province is critical to ensuring Saskatchewan is
able to compete and innovate with markets around the world."
The trial will occur in a minimum of three rural locations and will
provide the latest wireless broadband speeds available. LTE will reach
download speeds of approximately 100 Mbps per second, compared to
existing 4G wireless technology reaching speeds of 21 Mbps. In
addition, the trial will encompass the provisioning of equipment to a
local telephone service, in order to determine comparability with
existing landline services using copper wire infrastructure.
"SaskTel's copper infrastructure dates back to the 1960s and we are fast
approaching the need to replace and upgrade this technology," said Ron
Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. "With the positive partnership that
has evolved with Huawei with our 4G network and our mobile LTE wireless
deployment efforts that are underway, we are very pleased to partner
with them to complete this trial."
The trial is scheduled to be launched in rural locations in Saskatchewan
by the end of December, 2012 and will conclude in August, 2013.
Following the completion of the trial, Huawei and SaskTel will work
jointly to analyze results, and provide a report that includes an
economic overview for the replacement of parts of its rural copper
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 594,000 wireless accesses, 514,000 wireline network
accesses, 234,000 internet accesses and 93,000 Max™ (TV) subscribers.
SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services
including competitive 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 4,000 full-time
equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at www.sasktel.com.
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology
(ICT) solutions provider. Huawei has operated in Canada since 2008,
employing over 440 people in Canada. Through our dedication to
customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have
established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and
cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom
operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions
and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140
countries, serving more than one third of the world's population.
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Image with caption: "Mr. Qu Wenchu, Senior Vice President Government Relations, Huawei welcomes Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan to Huawei's ceremonial courtyard in Beijing (CNW Group/Huawei)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120910_C5056_PHOTO_EN_17600.jpg
Image with caption: "Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall witnesses the signing of an agreement between SaskTel and Huawei Canada to trial next generation wireless broadband technology in rural Saskatchewan. Front: Ron Styles, President and CEO, SaskTel; Sean Yang, President Huawei Canada. Rear: Premier Brad Wall; Mr. Qu Wenchu, Senior Vice President Government Relations, Huawei. (CNW Group/Huawei)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120910_C5056_PHOTO_EN_17601.jpg
Image with caption: "Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall tours Huawei's ceremonial courtyard with Mr. Qu Wenchu, Senior VP Government Relations for Huawei, at an event to announce an agreement between SaskTel and Huawei to trial broadband wireless technology in rural Saskatchewan (CNW Group/Huawei)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120910_C5056_PHOTO_EN_17602.jpg
For further information:
Darcee MacFarlane, SaskTel Corporate Communications
T: (306) 777-4441
Scott Bradley, VP Corporate and Government Affairs
T: 613.595.1900 x.1400 M: 613.558.5333