SaskTel says it will continue to make strides improving high speed internet access to the north.

It tabled its 2017-18 annual report Wednesday, indicating that nearly 2,700 homes in northern Saskatchewan now have high speed internet.

SaskTel employees plowed 500 kilometres of fibre through the north. It is expected that much of that same work will continue throughout 2018.

SaskTel could not immediately say how many more northern homes would get high speed internet this year, or how many kilometres of fibre would be installed.

The telecoms company says it has received two requests to remove radio and microwave systems in the north.

Improvements to internet speeds in 24 First Nations communities were made last year, increasing the speeds approximately two to three times faster.

SaskTel says this investment represents capacity building, rather than attempting to get more customers.

(PHOTO: SaskTel Acting President and CEO Doug Burnett, Minister responsible for SaskTel Don Morgan, and SaskTel CFO Charlene Gavel delivering the SaskTel annual report in Regina.)