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SaskTel Mobility selects Nortel to expand its 3G network

SaskTel Mobility has selected Nortel to expand its 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) network in...


June 30, 2005  


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SaskTel Mobility has selected Nortel to expand its 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) network in the province of Saskatchewan.

The network, which is expected to be one of the fastest and most advanced wireless data networks in Canada, will deliver broadband wireless services such as e-mail, Web browsing, video mail, wireless gaming and content streaming at speeds close to high-speed wireline connections.

Nortel is the sole supplier of SaskTel Mobility’s current 1X and EV-DO network.

While the network is expected to be available by August when Regina hosts the 20th annual Canada Summer Games, general service availability in Regina and Saskatoon is scheduled for later this year.

Under a new expansion agreement with SaskTel Mobility, Nortel will provide CDMA2000 1X radio base stations, base station controllers, switching platforms and other related equipment.

Nortel will also supply SaskTel Mobility with CDMA2000 1xEV-DO equipment for initial deployment in Regina and Saskatoon.

Nortel’s EV-DO technology will allow SaskTel Mobility customers to download data on their mobile devices at speeds up to 2.4 Mbps with average data speeds of 300 to 500 Kbps or six times faster than available on current 1X networks.

In March, SaskTel launched SaskTel Converged Desktop service, a collaborative multimedia communications service based on the Nortel Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) 5200 and Communication Server 2000 (CS) softswitch.