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Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel) is a provincial Crown Corporation operating under the authority of the Saskatchewanmarker Telecommunications Act.

SaskTel provides telecommunications services to 13 cities, 535 smaller communities and surrounding rural areas, including 49,000 farms. The corporation has over 425,000 business and residential customers, and has a work force of approximately 5,000 employees throughout the province and in its wholly owned subsidiaries. SaskTel's head office is located in Regina, Saskatchewanmarker.

SaskTel is the primary asset and wholly owned subsidiary of a holding company, the Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation, which manages assets of approximately $1.2 billion.

In October 2008, SaskTel was named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for the ninth consecutive year by MediaCorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine. Later that month, SaskTel was named one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers, which was announced by the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina Leader-Post newspapers. In April 2009, MediaCorp also named SaskTel one of Canada's Greenest Employers.

While SaskTel oversees the corporation's core telecommunications business, the following business units have diversified into other services, products, and markets:
  • SecurTek provides home and business security systems and monitoring.
  • SaskTel International exports network integration, network management, and interactive services outside of Canada.
  • Hospitality Network Canada Inc. (HNCI) is a provider of hospital patient TV and Telephone rental systems and services.
  • Direct West publishes print and online directories and provides Web Hosting and Website Design services.


Services

  • Local Telephone Service
  • Internet and Interactive Services
  • Digital TV (SaskTel Max), including high-definition, and DTVR
  • Cellular Phones (CDMA)
  • Wireless Data Services
  • Wireless Internet
  • Telephone and Equipment Rental
  • Calling Features and Cards
  • Voice Messaging
  • Long Distance Plans
  • Conferencing Services
  • Home and Business Security
  • Voice Over IP (VoIP)
  • International Consulting, Provisioning, and Software Solutions
  • FleetNet 800
  • Web Hosting and Website Design
  • Print and Online Directories


History

SaskTel, known from 1947 to the 1980s as Saskatchewan Government Telephones, has its origin in the Department of Railways, Telegraphs and Telephones, which was established on June 12, 1908. On October 1, 1909, the Department expanded its system by purchasing the Bell Telephone Company, the Saskatchewan Telephone Company, and the Wapella-Harris Telephone Company. The newly acquired facilities consisted of 18 telephone exchanges, 53 long-distance offices, and 492 pole miles of long-distance lines. Among the telephone exchanges purchased were those in Estevan, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, and Regina. In 1911, the Department expanded further with the purchases of Saltcoats District Telephone Company, the North-Western Telephone Company (Saskatoon), and the Swift Current System. On December 1, 1912, Yorkton was added to the provincial telephone system with the purchase of the North West Electric Company.

Technological and service advances

  • In 1984, SaskTel completed the world's longest commercial fibre optic system, 3,268 kilometres.
  • In 1988, it developed the first fibre/coaxial hybrid network with pick-and-play Video-On-Demand.
  • In 1994, it completed the installation and commissioning of telecommunications and control systems for the English Chunnel project.
  • In 2002, it was the first to commercially deploy Internet Protocol (IP) video over digital subscriber line (DSL).
  • In 2006, it was the first North American company to offer HDTV channels via Internet Protocol TV


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