Yesterday, SaskTel announced the company is investing to expand LTE across Saskatchewan.

The leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan is set to spend $11.8 million for the expansion.

SaskTel says that once the project is complete their LTE wireless network will cover 99% of the population of Saskatchewan.

“Our government understands that the residents of this province want to be connected at all times. Having access to SaskTel’s world-class LTE wireless network helps meet that desire for all of the people in our province” said Jim Reiter, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “SaskTel has a long history of investments in this province to enhance their services all over Saskatchewan.”

It’s anticipated that LTE will be available to almost everyone in Saskatchewan by April 2017.

SaskTel says the deployment of LTE province wide will lay the groundwork for future network enhancements, such as the deployment of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) which is expected to start rolling out mid-2017.

In May, SaskTel announced a commitment to invest $331 million in Saskatchewan in 2016-2017 and $1.4 billion through 2016-2021.

Of note, earlier this year, it was announced that the Saskatchewan government will be doing a risk analysis on the Crown telephone company. Should this result in Saskatchewan auctioning off SaskTel, Bell Canada and Telus would both be interested, according to Lawrence Surtees, a telecommunications consultant with IDC Canada, which could result in bidding wars.