Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. said Monday it was making a more-than-$1.4-billion capital investment over the next five years to upgrade its systems and networks. Of that investment, $331 million is allotted for the 2016-2017 fiscal year (ending March 31, 2017), the company said in a press release. The money will ensure SaskTel’s customers “continue to receive some of the best communications services in the world including maxTV, Internet, data and future IP-based services through our industry leading 4G\/LTE and infiNET Networks,” the release said. Among the projects slated for this year include a $51-million upgrade to the company’s fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) program, with the aim of connecting 15,500 customers in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Weyburn and Estevan. Another $45.9 million will go towards enhancing the SaskTel wireless network by expanding the LTE network and increasing the number of WiFi hotspots to 2,380 with free access for customers. The company said $91.6 million this year will go to “a number of initiatives to meet wireline network growth,” another $19.6 million will be put towards “expanding network capabilities,” and $123 million is for improving customer services “through new IT platforms and service enhancements.” “Our Government remains focused on growing the province and SaskTel’s investment in infrastructure is a testament to that commitment,” Jim Reiter, Saskatchewan’s minister responsible for SaskTel, said in the release.