SaskTel has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to provide core network technology for a new province wide wireles...
January 13, 2010
SaskTel has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to provide core network technology for a new province wide wireless network. The agreement is a part of the firm’s network investment program to ensure 98% of Saskatchewan residents have access to wireless services.
Already based on the latest version of HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access) technology, SaskTel will use a core network offering, including mobile soft switching, packet core with “direct tunnel” functionality, and harmonized subscriber management systems.
The company says the upgraded systems will complement its existing 3G network and future-proof the carrier for a “smooth transition” to fourth generation technology based on the Long-term Evolution (LTE) standard.
The network is expected to be initially launched later this year with a targeted completion date of 2011.