Anticipation is building about a major announcement by SaskTel for northern Saskatchewan.
Full details won’t be known until Friday.
In the telephone company’s report, it is listed as part of SaskTel’s rural strategy for 2013 or the “fibre backbone” for northeastern Saskatchewan.
SaskTel President Ron Styles says the corporation is breaking new ground.
“It’s really the first of its kind and it has the possibility of opening up some new services for people who have not received it in the past, so we are very excited about it,” he says.
The official announcement will be made in Saskatoon on Friday at 11:30 a.m.
Officials from Cameco will also take part in the event.
In spite of not announcing all details, SaskTel is willing to provide an update on fibre optic connections to schools and health care facilities on First Nations – 33 are now complete and this number will reach 88 by the end of the year.
“I would hazard a guess that Saskatchewan reserves will, by the end of 2013, be the most connected reserves in all of Canada,” Styles says.
The year 2012 was also a very good year for the corporation.
SaskTel recorded a profit of nearly $130 million, despite record spending of $320 million on capital projects.