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Efforts to introduce super-fast broadband networks across South Yorkshire have been delayed, according to reports.

The Yorkshire Post has revealed that the South Yorkshire Digital Region initiative has been affected by ongoing negotiations between internet service providers about how to push ahead with the project.

Once it is up and running, the initiative will aim to provide high-speed 25Mb broadband to 97 per cent of homes and businesses in the region by the middle of 2012.

Speaking to the newspaper, Richard Jepson, Business Development Manager of Digital Region, said there are no concerns that the plans will not go ahead.

He added: "All I can say is we are basically in the final stages of negotiations. We had said we would give people an update in March, and that's what we're doing."

Last week, BT confirmed it has launched fibre-optic broadband services across the Greater Manchester area, offering 100,000 homes and businesses access to faster connections.

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