Internet firm Connexin has unveiled plans to invest £5m in a new state-of-the-art data centre in Hull.

When the facility opens in December it will create 60 new jobs including engineers, technicians, sales staff and event managers who will invite schools to use the space for learning about how the internet works.

The tech company says the data centre has been specifically designed to accelerate Hull in its race to become one of the UK’s leading smart cities.

The new data centre - called CXNDC - will also create new opportunities for local businesses and tech firms and will bring more than 40,000 Mbps of internet connectivity to the region.

"Hull is not hanging about in its race to become a smart city," said Connexin chief executive Furqan Alamgir.

"Our investment is real, it’s happening and this state of the art data centre is proof of that. Hull is advancing technologically at pace and it’s a privilege to be part of it."

Connexin has applied for planning permission with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to develop the new centre on a 1.2-acre site at Bridgehead Business Park and has approached the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s funding programmes for support with the project costs.

It will also be the home for Connexin's headquarters, which will include a cafe, 50+ seat auditorium for presentations and screenings, and a world-class video conferencing suite.

Since Connexin won a key 10-year city centre Wi-Fi contract with Hull City Council, the company has expanded its work with local authorities across the UK and has rapidly become a leader in the smart cities sector.