Superfast fibre installed at Honiton brewery

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:23 05 October 2017

Pictured L-R: Paul Coles (SW Regional Manager for BT), Patrick McCaig (Otter Brewery) and Roy Clark (BT Senior Project Manager) mark the completion of a project to bring ultrafast fibre optic broadband to Otter Brewery at Luppitt. Photo: Apex News and Pictures

Pictured L-R: Paul Coles (SW Regional Manager for BT), Patrick McCaig (Otter Brewery) and Roy Clark (BT Senior Project Manager) mark the completion of a project to bring ultrafast fibre optic broadband to Otter Brewery at Luppitt. Photo: Apex News and Pictures

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The latest Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband technology has been installed at Otter Brewery in Luppitt.

The celebratory beers flowed at a Honiton brewery after 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 in Luppitt.

The project was co-funded by the brewery and Openreach, Britain’s digital network business.

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.

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 employs 36 people, sells more than seven million pints of beer and lager each year to up to 2,000 pubs across the UK.

Steve Haines, managing director of next generation access for Openreach, added: “Bringing this exciting technology to Otter Brewery was a major job involving several months of work by our engineers.

“The success of this project shows the power of working together in partnership to find a solution and of Openreach’s commitment to making high-speed broadband available as quickly as possible as widely as possible.

“Openreach is leading the way in rolling out this technology and, in doing so, making a major contribution to the future success and prosperity of communities across the country.”

The project is part of Openreach’s 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.

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