SaskTel has announced it will shut down its code division multiple access (CDMA) network next year.

Starting July 5, 2017, CDMA devices will no longer function. SaskTel says it will be transitioning existing CDMA customers to its 4G and 4G LTE networks. The company in the released statement also noted it stopped selling CDMA compatible devices over 15 months ago. The CDMA technology is outdated and being phased out all over the world. The Crown corporation will be getting customers to use their 4G and 4G LTE networks, accessing faster speeds and wider coverage areas.

Ron Styles, President of SaskTel, had this to say in a released statement "By scrapping the system, we can re-purpose spectrum so we can continue to add capacity to our 4G and 4G LTE network province-wide and resources can be refocused towards emerging technologies and services."

CDMA wireless technology devices and network equipment are becoming more expensive to repair and harder to find.