SaskTel has announced the launch of the first phase of its new 3G+ wireless network is scheduled for August 16, 2010.
The company, which has more than 550,000 wireless subscribers in Saskatchewan, is now undertaking a six week technical trial with select employees which is expected to last for six weeks.
International roaming customers will be able to use their SaskTel 3G+ phone on 3G+ networks anywhere SaskTel has established roaming agreements. At launch, the network will be commercially available to customers in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Yorkton, Swift Current, Prince Albert, North Battleford and most of the connecting highways.
The full 3G+ network is scheduled to be deployed province-wide by the end of 2010. SaskTel is planning to have a 3G+ device line-up that includes the BlackBerry Bold 9700, BlackBerry Pearl 9100, Nokia 7230, Nokia 6350 and a Novatel MC998D USB data stick.
The carrier, which will also continue its partnerships with key manufacturers such as Motorola, LG and Samsung, and says it continues to work to secure the iPhone as part of its device line-up for the commercial launch on August 16.
SaskTel plans to support its existing CDMA digital network for the foreseeable future.
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