SaskTel hopes to erect cell tower

By Geoff Lee

December 21, 2017 12:22 PM

SaskTel proposes to build a 26 metre high tower like this one at 3820 43 Ave to provide residents in the southeast part of the Border City with improved wireless communications. SaskTel held an open house on the project last Thursday at the Super 8 Hotel. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The southeast area of the Border City is on SaskTel’s list for improved wireless communications for cellphone users.
An open house was held last Thursday at the Super 8 Hotel as a requirement of the City of Lloydminster for the corporation to provide residents with more details before the project gets the green light.
SaskTel proposes to construct a 26 metre high hugger style monopole structure from the ground, level and two equipment cabinets at 3820 43 Avenue.
“This tower will improve both wireless coverage and capacity in the area, leading to an overall better wireless experience for the residents and businesses in Lloydminster,” said SaskTel spokesperson Greg Jacobs.
“The tower will primarily serve the Saskatchewan side of Lloydminster.”
This will be the first 4G LTE wireless tower on the Saskatchewan side of the border within Lloydminster city limits.
“Based on SaskTel’s wireless analytics and customer feedback, it was determined that a new wireless tower was required in Lloydminster to enhance wireless service there,” said Jacobs.
SaskTel however is keeping the cost of the project under wraps as it considers the information to be proprietary.
The open house from 6 to 8 p.m. included poster boards about the proposed project, with the next step being to share the results of the open house with the City of Lloydminster.
As for when the project will be shovel ready and who will build it, Jacobs said those details will be finalized after SaskTel has received full approval from the City of Lloydminster and Industry Canada.
Industry Canada ensures the orderly development and efficient operation of radio communications throughout Canada.
“Once we have all of our approvals in order from the City of Lloydminster and Industry Canada, we will be able to finalize what spectrums (frequencies) we will deploy on the tower,” said Jacobs.

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