News came in after the story of the TELUS iPhone not making it to Saskatchewan residents when their network launches on November 5th… however SaskTel has inked a wireless network sharing agreement with both TELUS and Bell that will see “the rapid deployment of next generation wireless and data services through UMTS and HSPA technologies by SaskTel within Saskatchewan. Customers will enjoy the benefits of the most advanced wireless technology commercially available in the world, expanded network coverage, and access to a range of new and leading-edge wireless devices.”
This means the iPhone and other devices will be getting there, it’ll just take a bit longer. This agreement will start mid-2010 with a targeted completion date of 2011 and ensure 98% of Saskatchewan residents will have access to the UMTS/HSPA network.
Darren Entwistle, TELUS president & CEO said “TELUS is proud to be collaborating with a leader such as SaskTel to bring the world-class High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network to TELUS customers in Saskatchewan, further enhancing 3G+ wireless coverage and their mobile broadband experience.
“This new network-sharing agreement with SaskTel allows us to quickly and cost-effectively extend the country’s largest and fastest wireless network to even more Canadians,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Chief Brand Officer for Bell.