SaskTel posted a revenue of over one billion dollars during 2017-2018.
In their latest report, their interest in further expanding internet service to rural and remote communities was revealed.
Minister Responsible Don Morgan says the more they move towards social policies, like this expansion, the greater potential impact on the bottom line.
“I think we go forward and we look at the long-term viability of the corporation and the ability to deliver dividends to the province.” Morgan said.
Nearly 27 hundred homes across northern Saskatchewan now have high speed internet. As well, 500 kilometres of fibre optic cable was installed in the north, a trend which is expected to continue throughout 2018.
Acting President and C-E-O Doug Burnett spoke about coverage matters in the northern and rural communities in Saskatchewan during the 2017-18 annual report announcement.
He says there’s issues that still need to be addressed.
“There are some holes on the highways that we know and need to cover. There are some areas where the population grows for a few months that are significantly under-served.” notes Burnett.
Burnett says part of the evaluation in the filling of those gaps is determining whether or not a tower or apparatus is needed to do so.