SaskTel announced last week that it had it has begun work on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology planning, infrastructure development and internal system work with a goal of starting deployment in 2012.

The company says the first phase of deployment will start in the fall of next year in Regina and Saskatoon and surrounding areas.

Other urban and rural areas will be deployed starting in 2013 based on the demand for incremental data services.

For consumers in Saskatchewan, LTE's primary advantage over Sasktel's current network will be speed. SaskTel says its existing technology has a theoretical download speeds of up to 21 Mbps versus theoretical download speeds of over 100 Mbps using LTE. Actual throughput is typically about one-quarter or one-third of theoretical outputs.

In addition to faster downloads, LTE will also provide increased capacity to serve more customers and improved latency with respect to data applications and video.

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