South Yorkshire businesses are set to benefit from ultrafast broadband thanks to a 110km infrastructure network installed by CityFibre.

Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster will see broadband speeds of one gigabit.

“Organisations large and small now require reliable, fast, low latency internet services to compete and succeed in an ever changing digital world,” said Rob Hamlin, commercial director at CityFibre.

“We are opening up a new world class digital infrastructure in the region, which will provide internet services like never seen before.

“We look forward to our market launch and to connecting the first customers soon.”

Local internet service provider Exa Networks worked with CityFibre on its networks elsewhere in Yorkshire and has signed up for the new network.

“Having worked with CityFibre across the Leeds and Bradford network, we’re really looking forward to expanding our service offering across Yorkshire,” said co-founder Mark Cowgill.

“As a UK leader in providing internet services to the education sector, we understand the crucial importance of ultra-fast connectivity in our schools as well as our businesses and anticipate a huge demand for increased bandwidth in both the education and business communities of Sheffield.”

CityFibre now has networks in 40 towns and cities across the UK - including Edinburgh -  and claims to have connected 3,702 new customers during the first half of 2017 as it seeks to rival BT Openreach.