Blazing fast internet speeds are headed to Unity and Macklin as part of a $200 million Rural Fibre Initiative from SaskTel. Esterhazy and Wynyard were also included in the announcement shared last week by SaskTel.

It was announced that all four communities on the list should be fibre-ready by late-March. Residents will be contacted by SaskTel to schedule a time to complete the upgrade. 

“As Saskatchewan’s homegrown communications leader, we’re committed to being the best at connecting our customers to their world.” said Charlene Gavel, SaskTel President and CEO. “Once we’ve completed this latest expansion, our fibre network, which is already by far the largest network of its kind in Saskatchewan, will reach households in more than 50 communities across the province.”

Brent Weber, the Deputy Mayor of the Town of Unity said in the release, "It's fantastic to hear about initiatives like this aimed at improving services in our community, while paving the way for progress and development in our region.” Weber went on to state that, "Access to faster, more reliable internet will be a game-changer for Unity businesses, schools, healthcare, and residents. With quicker access, people will be able to engage more efficiently in their hobbies, stay connected globally, and readily access important resources.”

The goal of this multiple phase program is to bring SaskTel infiNET to people living and working in over 130 rural places, as at the program's completion around 80% of Saskatchewan households would be reached by the service.

"The continued expansion of its infiNET and 5G networks is a direct result of SaskTel’s commitment to invest more than $1.6 billion of capital across Saskatchewan over the next five years. These investments will ensure Saskatchewan remains one of the most wellconnected provinces in the country." stated SaskTel

Find the full release from March 6 HERE.