SaskTel has announced the 48 communities that it plans to bring SaskTel infiNET service to as part of the sixth phase of its $200 million rural fibre initiative.

SaskTel currently plans to begin the construction process for phase 6 in 2023/24 and anticipates all communities included in the rural fibre initiative will be fibre-ready by the end of march 2025.

“Delivering speeds of up to a Gigabit per second, our infiNET network ensures SaskTel customers have the bandwidth they need to surf, stream, and connect in real-time,” said Doug Burnett, SaskTel President and CEO, in a news release. “In addition, by upgrading our broadband networks to fibre, we will be better able to deploy future enhancements to keep pace with our customer’s evolving bandwidth needs, especially as smart technologies become more common in both the home and workplace.”

The rural fibre initiative is a multi-phase program that will bring infiNET service to over 110,000 residents and businesses living and operating in more than 130 rural communities.

Once all six phases of the Rural Fibre Initiative are complete, SaskTel’s infiNET network, which is already Saskatchewan’s largest fibre optic broadband network, will reach approximately 80% of all households in the province.