SaskTel just launched infiNET, a new fibre optic network capable of blazing download speeds of up to 200 Mbps.

The FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) service launch, which took place on August 9th, is part of a seven-year $670 million dollar investment to deploy fibre directly to homes and upgrading the broadband network in the nine largest urban centers in Saskatchewan.

SaskTel has already begun work in both Regina and Saskatoon and residents there are being converted to the new network. By the end of the year, 40,000 homes will be enjoying the faster broadband services.

In phases, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Estevan, Swift Current, Yorkton, North Battleford and Prince Albert will all get FTTP deployments until final completion in 2017.

"By deploying fibre to residences in these communities, SaskTel is not only providing Saskatchewan people with cutting edge technology they are also proactively planning for the increased network capacity that the continued unprecedented population growth in Saskatchewan will demand," said Don McMorris, Minister Responsible for SaskTel.

Once connected, InfiNET will improve to 60 Mbps for uploading, significantly improving the customer experience when downloading or streaming video, uploading photos and videos, or real-time gaming action.

SaskTel notes that it will enable Max customers to add up to seven High Definition set top boxes in one home, providing customers new and enhanced possibilities for home entertainment.

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