A $57 million investment between now and 2020 will improve wireless and broadband networks in Saskatchewan’s rural areas, SaskTel said. In an announcement Tuesday, SaskTel said the funds would go towards the installation of new fibre equipment to upgrade rural transport capacity to accommodate rural growth in fixed, mobile, voice, video and data services. The company said it will increase wireline and broadband services to rural communities and bring higher speeds to 200 communities connected by DSL networks between 2013 and 2014. “$10.7 million be spent on the rural 4G network, including work on 31 new towers and 37 network capacity enhancements,” SaskTel said. The company said the investments will also go towards the construction of a fibre backbone in northeastern Saskatchewan. SaskTel also announced plans to extend its fixed wireless services, as well as its fourth-generation LTE network. “Future deployment in rural Saskatchewan of LTE will depend on SaskTel successfully purchasing spectrum in the upcoming 700 MHZ Federal auction expected in 2013,” SaskTel said. Last week, Industry Canada announced that the 700 MHz auction will start Nov. 19.