SaskTel International

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SaskTel International is a wholly owned subsidiary of the crown-owned Canadian telephone company SaskTel, located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Established in 1986, SaskTel International offers software and services to organizations around the world.

Lines of Business

SaskTel International offers software and professional services.

Software Division

SaskTel International’s software solutions division provides operating support system (OSS) software to telecommunications providers and companies utilizing communications networks.

  1. Service and Resource Order Management
  2. Service and Resource Inventory Management
  3. Service and Resource Activation
  4. Incident and Problem Management

Professional Services Division

SaskTel International's professional services division offers a range of services:

  1. Consulting
  2. Design and Development
  3. Support
  4. System Integration
  5. Managed Services
  6. Certification
  7. Software Development
  8. Resourcing
  9. Training

History

SaskTel International was established to market expertise in advanced telecommunications technologies, particularly fibre optic systems, to clients around the world.[1] Since its conception in 1986, SaskTel International has conducted business in over 40 countries in 6 different continents.[2] Some of these countries include the Philippines, Tanzania, Mozambique, chile, England, United States, Canada, India, and Australia.[3] Among its achievements, SaskTel International’s ICT division is recognized for its role in developing networks and communications infrastructure in regions such as Europe, Asia, and Africa. Some of these projects include:

  • 1988-1995: SaskTel International (SI) was awarded two cable franchises (Leicester and Loughborough) in England to market and develop. Through partnerships from two other firms, the cable franchises were represented as Leicester Communications Limited (LCL).
  • 1991-1997: SI managed the total turn-key integration of telecommunications network in 28 provinces (over 550 communities) throughout the Philippines to give people living in remote areas access to reliable, high quality telecommunications services.
  • 1990-1994: SaskTel International (SI) completed a four year commitment to the largest construction project of the 20th century; the English Channel Tunnel project.SI led the design, system and management audit, as well as the installation and commissioning of telecommunications and control systems, for the project. Specifically, SI designed and installed the telecommunications and intricate control systems for the 60 kilometer tunnel and train terminals on both the English and French sites. SI also designed the Data Transmission System, which controls the entire Channel Tunnel complex.The end result was a leading-edge communications system that connected England and France.[4]
  • 1996-1998: SI was contracted for the provisioning of expertise and assistance to design, construct, operate and maintain a fibre optics and microwave transmission telecommunications backbone network, consisting of three parts: a microwave system; a land cable system; and over 1300 km of a repeaterless submarine cable system (1300 km). SI provided the initial design and tender production and evaluation, as well as all project management services for all three components of the project. SI field staff provided project management services related to the installation, testing and commissioning of the network. The Telic-Phil Project was successfully completed under budget and ahead of schedule.
  • SI was engaged to provide telecommunications expertise to Energis, a power utility company who entered the telecoms market in Britain. As a result of an evaluate and review process, SI identified solutions for improving the operations of Energis.
  • 1998-2000: SaskTel International (SI) was awarded a contract to design, and construct a rural telecommunications network for the Kagera Region of Tanzania. SI proposed a point to multi-point solution for the Region to serve 12 communities along with outside plant distribution networks in each community. The project provided approximately 1500 access lines in the Kagera region.
  • 1998-2001: SI played the role of both an equity partner as well as a management consultant for Saturn Communications Limited. SI assisted with the overall operational objective directive of the company and had multiple staff assisting with all aspects of the operations for the full period of the project. In July 1997, SI acquired a 35% equity interest in Saturn Communications Limited, (Saturn), now known as TelstraSaturn Communications Limited, in Wellington New Zealand. Saturn was a new cable TV service provider which was expanding into telecommunications. Saturn had an important competitive advantage in the Wellington market—the first company to provide pay TV, telecommunications and data services for consumers in one integrated package. SI later exchanged shares in Saturn for a financial gain.
  • 1999: SI was engaged by United International Holding (UIH) to provide a review and assessment of the telephony component of VTR’s operations in Chile. The review’s intent was to serve as part of the due diligence process undertaken by UIH that was to proceed its planned acquisition of the company.
  • 1999-2001: SI managed a turnkey project to replace over 1500 km of old open wire facilities carrying telephone, train signaling and trackside communications with a fibre optic network between Morogoro and Dodoma in Tanzania.
  • 2000: SI provided technicians to perform upgrades to Satellite Radio Frequency equipment at NorthwesTel’s central and remote offices.
  • 2000: SI was engaged by International Finance Corporation (IFC) to assist with a review and assessment of Celtel’s proposed multi-million dollar network expansion.
  • 2001: SaskTel International (SI) was contracted to perform an assessment and review of the Chengdu 3 IP Broadband network to provide an expert opinion of the status and condition of the network. A review and assessment of the IP Broadband network was performed to look at the network architecture and operations and report on areas such as network capacity, operations and maintenance, performance and monitoring, design and engineering, network planning and current and future service capabilities. Work was performed on an analysis and opinion approach and a final report was delivered to World Seoul Communications for them to use in their business plan and acquisition strategy.
  • 2001: SI was contracted by the Algerian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MoPT) to provide a review and assessment of an RFP for the procurement of 500,000 GMS lines. The objective of the review was to ensure that the RFP addressed the proper and sufficient information was provided to define the requirements of the network and the roles and responsibilities of the parties interested in building the network. As part of the project, SI put forward its objective opinion and recommendations based on the review.
  • 2002-2004: SI played a key role in an initiative to test, develop and apply a pilot Information and Communications Technology (ICT) project to 30 small villages in rural India. The project was to demonstrate a sustainable model that may be followed in future expansion of telecoms within rural India.
  • 2003-2004: SaskTel International (SI) was awarded a contract by Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) to rehabilitate existing external line plant networks in 4 communities which included the high end revenue district in the capital. Work was performed in Dar es Salaam in the business district, as well as the high end residential, embassy, high commission offices and more affluent areas of the city. Work was also performed in 3 smaller cities (Dodoma, Mwanza and Moshi). Responsible for all aspects of project management, engineering and planning, SI led nine project teams that consisted of an expat supervisor and three local technical staff. These teams performed external line plant planning, design and construction to serve new customers and extend the reach of the existing network as well as upgrade and increase capacity on some cable routes to handle the new demand forecasts.
  • 2004-2005: SI was awarded a turnkey contract by Telecommunicações de Moçambique (TDM) to design, engineer, procure, construct and commission a new backbone transmission network as well as rural radio network to connect all major centers within the province to the provincial capital and main switching center in Tete city.
  • 2005: SI assisted the World Bank in designing a Rural ICT access strategy and business model to address the urban rural imbalance of communications in Ukraine.
  • 2005: SI was engaged in a facilities management alignment project to convert data from a client’s two existing facility management systems onto a common OSS service provisioning and activation platform provided by SI. This included data extraction from existing systems, data conversion to ensure compatibility with the new SI solution and data loading onto the new solution.
  • 2006: SI provided an independent review and assessment of the Syrian Telecom Establishment (STE) for Rich Telecom located in Ontario, Canada. SI was engaged to provide IP Network and Switch Traffic/Routing Consulting Services. The goal was to provide an objective opinion of the STE network by undertaking a review and assessment of the current infrastructure.
  • 2007: SI was awarded a 3-year management contract to manage all aspects of the operations, maintenance and expansion of the Tanzania Telecommunications Company in Africa.[5]
  • 2007-2011: SaskTel International (SI) was engaged to fulfill a temporary management contract of Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL). SI provided numerous qualified resources in the areas of technology, engineering, marketing, customer relationship management, human resources, strategy, finance, implementation and procurement to name a few.
  • 2008-2009: With a partner, SI was contracted by Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) to provide Internet Protocol Television (“IPTV”) program management and consulting services as TSTT was exploring options to introduce an advanced IPTV service offering on a trial basis to its customers in the Trinidad area.
  • 2009-2011: SI led a major back end convergence project when a large US-based service provider acquired another over twice its size. The newly formed provider had a combined operating presence in 33 states with approximately eight million access lines and two million broadband customers.SI transferred data and information from a handful of legacy OSS systems onto one single inventory system provided by SI.
  • 2010-2011: SI, through partnership with another firm, was engaged to develop a full business case for Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) that would focus on the critical steps to ensure corporate readiness for a successful launch of an IPTV service, details options for introduction of the service into the marketplace and that would outline the phases and timelines to which a commercial introduction should follow.

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