PROFILES IN ACHIEVEMENT
SaskTel - University of Regina - Huawei Lampsite Trial
SaskTel is the leading information and communications technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections.
SaskTel and its wholly owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of ICT products and services including competitive voice, data and Internet services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data centre services, cloud-based services, security monitoring services, advertising services and international software and consulting services. SaskTel and its wholly owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 employees.
Demand for wireless connectivity and data is expected to continue to grow significantly for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, the University of Regina and SaskTel created a working partnership with the Faculty of Engineering (Electronic Systems Engineering program) to deploy and test different types of wireless network technology by SaskTel on the University of Regina campus.
SaskTel is pursuing a Heterogeneous Network (Het-Net) Architecture at the University of Regina Campus to test new ways of deploying small cell architecture. The “Het-Net” architecture consists of a variety of technologies, frequency bands and cell sizes in various locations that work together to deliver high-quality user experience.
SaskTel was responsible for choosing the wireless technology to be used on campus and chose the Huawei Multi-Band Multi-Technology Lampsite product. SaskTel, in partnership with the University of Regina and Huawei, was responsible for defining design criteria and identifying technical requirements for the design.
The partnership with the University of Regina allowed for the engagement of engineering faculty and graduate students through all phases of the project, from the design phase right through implementation, acceptance and then the ongoing optimization. This has allowed an opportunity to study, test and analyze measurable objectives during all phases.
This mentorship opportunity with the SaskTel Wireless Engineering Group also included research on wireless modelling (specifically in a campus environment), access to planning and design implementation tools, and facilitated initial design work to perfect the design. Going forward, SaskTel, in partnership with University of Regina faculty, will identify conceptual research topics to engage students further in engineering and other disciplines.
Not only is the partnership to involve students unique, the newly launched Huawei Lampsite product is the first commercial trial in North America.
The University of Regina/SaskTel partnership was led by Dr. Paranjape, P.Eng. and his graduate engineering students as well as SaskTel’s Wireless Access Engineering, Wireless RAN Support and Technology Management Groups.