Along with Koodo, TELUS, Bell, and Virgin Mobile, SaskTel is also shutting down their Code Division Multiple Access wireless networks. Over the past year, SaskTel has already been helping their customers transition from CDMA to 4G or LTE. SaskTel confirmed yesterday that the shutdown will be completed by July 5th, 2017, and CDMA devices will no longer work on that date if customers do not upgrade. A roaming partner has also announced their shutdown by the end of this month, and CDMA customers will no longer have coverage outside of Saskatchewan prior to the complete local shutdown.
"As technologies evolve, it becomes necessary to turn down older networks so we can repurpose spectrum to focus on newer, faster networks that deliver improved experiences,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. "We are encouraging customers to take advantage of our 4G or 4G LTE data speeds and upgrade to a 4G or 4G LTE phone prior to July 4th to avoid service disruption.”
SaskTel has an article on their CDMA shutdown that you can check out for more information.
About SaskTel: SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and approximately 1.4 million customer connections including 616,000 wireless accesses, 383,000 wireline network accesses, 275,000 Internet accesses and 110,000 maxTV™ subscribers. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of ICT products and services including competitive voice, data and Internet services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data centre services, cloud-based services, security monitoring services, advertising services, and international software and consulting services. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at sasktel.com.