What is Fusion?
Fusion is the newest LTE-TDD hardware being used by SaskTel to get high speed internet services to it's rural customers. By using this cellular based equipment, SaskTel is able to beam internet services to rural customers homes (in select areas) from their local Fusion LTE capable tower. This signal is picked up via an outdoor unit placed on the roof or wall mount of the consumers house, and then converted from a wireless LTE signal to a use-able ethernet based connection. The long and the short of it is you get internet at your house, farm, or shop in areas where it has never been available before without the need for phone lines, cable modems, or expensive satellite based equipment.
The following features are included with every fusion internet installation free of charge.
- Download at speeds up to 5 Mbps (up to 10 on the speed boost add-on).
- Upload at speeds up to 1 Mbps.
- 100 GB of included monthly data (see data chart below).
- No restrictions on your download speeds.
- 10 sasktel.net email addresses with 1 GB of mailbox space per account.
- Included router with built in Wi-Fi so you can connect wirelessly.
- Help when you need it with friendly, knowledgeable, dealer support right from the Comm Centre.
Equipment & Installation
Unlike some other providers, you own your equipment with fusion. This does mean however you must pay a one time fee to buy the equipment outright before installation can occur. The full fusion installation costs you the customer $249.00 and comes with a 1 year warranty. Should the equipment stop working in the first year simply bring it back and we will replace it over the counter for free. Along with that warranty the Comm Centre will warranty and fix any installs within the first 30 days for free as a way to care for our customers.
Fusion is subject to our standard mileage and hourly service rates. These rates are set by SaskTel and as such we charge $1.50/km to and from your residence as well as $150.00/h for any extra labor outside the basic install (this includes wiring extra devices, using non-standard mounting equipment, or running extra cables). The final expense for install is the basic installation fee at $399.99. This covers installation and testing of the system and connection to one device of the customers choosing.
We do our best to make sure you can have fusion at your residence before we attempt an install; from mapping the geography between towers, checking GPS position and elevation, to basic land surveying. In the event that your install can not be completed due to unforeseen factors such as obstructions, you will not be billed for the 'test-shot'. If you live with-in a 35 km radius of a fusion enabled tower listed in our supported locations below and with to inquire about getting fusion at your residence, please contact us. We will need to know your legal-land description (LSD) or GPS co-ordinance as well as a phone number to reach you at for further questioning.
The following add-on deals can currently be purchased with Fusion, to get the most out of your system.
- fusion Internet Speed Boost 10
Boost your internet speeds with this little add-on to receive double* the advertised download speeds on the base package. For just $20.00 more a month you can stream faster, download quicker, and game on a 10mbps internet connection to keep your speeds blazing fast. You will need a signal level of -80 or better to qualify for this add-on.
- fixed IP address
With a fixed, also known as static, IP address you can easily set up remote connections, camera systems, hosting environments, and much more all from the comfort of your own home. This add-on is generally not required by most basic internet users, but for those with a tech-savvy side who wish to have a set IP address fusion has you covered.
We currently service the following fusion towers at the Comm Centre.
- Stewart Valley
When more towers are added to our area we will update this list accordingly.
A subscription to fusion Internet includes 100 GB of data every month. If you go over 100 GB, you are subject to additional data usage fees, but there are no restrictions on download speeds. You will be automatically charged $20 for up to an additional 25 GB of data until you reach monthly usage of 200 GB. At that point, you can opt in to pay-per-use charges of $3/GB for continued access to your fusion Internet service.
Additional data usage fees help to support network improvements so we can provide fast Internet access without restricting download speeds for heavy users. This ensures a high-quality Internet experience while making sure you only pay for the Internet service you use.
When you set your notification preferences using your mySASKTEL account, you will be notified by text and/or email when you’re close to using up the 100 GB of included data as well as at each additional 25 GB of data.
You can also check your current fusion Internet monthly data usage from your mySASKTEL account or by going to sasktel.com/myusage from a computer connected to the fusion Internet service.