The celebratory beers flowed at an award-winning Devon brewery when it took delivery of some of the fastest broadband in the UK.
The latest Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband technology - delivering speeds many hundreds of times faster than those previously available - has been installed at Otter Brewery, set in the remote Luppitt Valley, near Honiton.
Extensive engineering work was needed, including the installation of about four kilometres of underground and overhead cabling.
The project was co-funded by the brewery and Openreach. The new network has also made FTTP, capable of download speeds up to one gigabit per second (Gbps), viable for a small number of nearby homes, which are also in very rural locations.
Patrick McCaig, managing director of Otter Brewery, said: “We’re already finding that ultrafast broadband is giving our business a major boost. Everything we do online now works so much more quickly and efficiently. Our remote and rural location helps to give the beers that we produce their purity and character, the downside has always been that we have lagged behind in terms of connectivity.
“Ultrafast will be a vital part of the future development of the business whether we are communicating online with our customers and suppliers or using the technology to work more efficiently. It has already strengthened our infrastructure as we continue to expand the business which includes greater use of e-commerce and a recent redesign of the Otter Brewery website.”
Otter Brewery is one of the South West’s leading breweries having won a variety of awards since it was founded 26 years ago, including recently being ‘Highly Commended’ in the 2016 National Business Awards and a finalist in the 2016 Rural Business Awards. The company, which employs 36 people, sells more than seven million pints of beer and lager each year to up to 2,000 pubs across the UK.
The project is part of our Community Fibre Partnerships programme, which has already seen agreements with more than 350 local communities and organisations to bring fibre broadband to some of the UK’s most challenging areas, including some other locations in the South West.
The Openreach network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all broadband service providers so local households and businesses can benefit from competitive pricing and a wide range of services. For more information on community fibre partnerships with Openreach visit www.communityfibre.bt.com