SaskTel is rolling out high-speed Internet service and 4G wireless coverage to 28 Saskatchewan First Nations communities over the next two years. The project is part of the Saskatchewan Infrastructure Improvement Fund, with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada contributing $8.8 million to the Saskatoon Tribal Council through the First Nations Infrastructure Fund. SaskTel is investing an equal amount in the project. The company plans to have service ready in 12 communities at the end of this year, with the remaining 16 communities scheduled for completion by the end of 2012. “This innovative partnership will provide these 28 First Nations communities with access to Saskatchewan's most extensive communications network,” Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskTel, said in a statement. “Residents of these communities will now be able to take advantage of the many educational and business opportunities provided by the latest Internet and wireless technologies.” Nine of the 28 communities already have 4G wireless coverage. SaskTel also announced Thursday that it has expanded its 4G network to 13 new locations and upgraded the network's capacity in Saskatoon to reduce congestion within the city.