Leading full service communications provider, Sasktel, has announced earlier this wek that is has completed another 22 different 4G wireless network infrastructure enhancement projects across the province in December. The enhancement projects are to address the ever-growing customer demand for network coverage and capacity.
Swift Current is one of the 12 communities in Saskatchewan to receive 4G network enhancements after Sasktel installed a Micro Cell site at the Pioneer Co-op which will increase coverage and capacity for 4G and 4g LTE.
“It’s essentially like a mini tower,” Said Sasktel Manager of Corporate Communications External and Media Relations Tara Tibeau, “It provides additional coverage and capacity.”
The Micro Cell site, also called COW or Cellular on Wheels, will relieve some of the other existing towers in the area by adding more radio frequency channels.
“Everybody needs and wants more coverage and capacity we are finding. The wireless network is something that we every single year complete upgrades and enhancements, hundreds of them generally across the province. So we look at what our network measurements are telling us in terms of what the capacity is and the utilization levels and once we see they’re dipping to a point we need to add something we then look to enhance the existing infrastructure.” Said Tibeau.
The Sasktel 4G network provides an increased bandwidth with download speed up to 21 Mbps per second. With the new 4G LTE customers will be seeing data speeds approximately five times faster to about 100 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload. This means customers can share pictures and videos, download apps and games and stream music much faster than before.
Other communities to recieve 4G network enhancements in December include Regina, Saskatoon, Sandy Beach Regional Park, Patuanak, K&S Mine and K&S Legacy Mine, Ile-a-la-Crosse, Buffalo Narrows, Beauval, La Loche, La Ronge and Blumenhof SPC Wind Farm.
Tibeau adds that enhancements will always be ongoing as upgrades on capacity will always be needed with people consistently adding new devices and using more power.