SaskTel, a communications provider in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Canada, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to provide core network technology for a new next-generation wireless network. The agreement is part of SaskTel’s network investment program to ensure 98 percent of Saskatchewan residents have access to wireless services.

Already based on the latest version of HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access) technology, SaskTel will use a core network solution, including mobile softswitching, packet core with “direct tunnel” functionality, and harmonized subscriber management systems. The upgraded systems will complement SaskTel’s existing 3G network solutions and future-proof the carrier for a transition to fourth generation technology based on the emerging, global Long-term Evolution (LTE) standard.

SaskTel’s network is expected to be initially launched mid-2010 with a targeted completion date of 2011.

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