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CityFibre has extended coverage of its gigabit speed internet services to Leeds and Bradford.

According to the firm, the services are now available from its launch partners Exa Networks and Diva Telecom.

CityFibre believes the fibre optic infrastructure makes Leeds and Bradford two of the best digitally connected cities in the world and future-proofs them for the digital age.

This, it said, marks a sharp contrast to the recent state of affairs, as the digital capabilities of both cities was limited by a shortage of fibre to the cabinet services.

"The new networks alleviate these concerns, offering speeds up to 100 times faster than the UK national average and unlocking a host of productivity benefits to organisations increasingly reliant on digital systems and communications," CityFibre said in a statement.

The company believes the rollout of this pure fibre network will support the government's desire to create a Northern Powerhouse - an effort to redress the economic imbalance between the north and south of England.

CityFibre is confident that its new infrastructure will enable the next generation of digitally-based businesses to "flourish across the region", as well as boost productivity and make the area more attractive to other companies and start-ups.

Greg Mesch, Chief Executive of CityFibre, commented: "As thirst for greater internet speeds continues to grow in all sectors, it’s fantastic to be able to offer cities the world-class digital infrastructure they need to meet the demand. 

"As Gigabit Cities, Leeds and Bradford will be on the digital front foot, able to compete and succeed in a digital world."

Mr Mesch added that CityFibre has so far invested more than £70 million in next generation digital infrastructure across the north of England.

The announcement comes shortly after the company revealed that its turnover rose by 67 per cent during 2015 and hit £6.4 million. Meanwhile, gross profit went up by 68 per cent to £5.5 million. 

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