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B. Matthews: Internet connects turkey farms

Britain's leading turkey farmer, Bernard Matthews Farms, has chosen fully managed wide area networks, hosting and internet solutions company, CI-Net, to roll out a managed ADSL Internet connectivity service to 40 farms in Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire.

The project includes delivering bandwidth to several remote sites that other service providers had been unable to connect to.

Bernard Matthews Farms and its farmers depend on Internet connectivity to access the company's bespoke inventory management software via a Wide Area Network (WAN).

The software enables accurate planning and management of supplies, including stock control and the scheduling of weekly deliveries of thousands of tonnes of turkey feed from their own feed mill.

Up until now Matthews sourced bandwidth for the farms using individual domestic broadband contracts. But it wanted to minimize connectivity outages and connect very remote sites.

CI-Net managed to deliver broadband to several of these rural sites. CI-Net has the expertise in working with 'hard to connect' sites, obtained from its long experience in the construction sector, where it often has to deliver bandwidth to sites that are poorly supported by the telecoms infrastructure.

The Internet provider will monitor all the lines and fix any faults. Individual farmers won't have to worry about loss of connectivity any more. Also dealing with a single desk will be less time consuming for the farmers.

As part of phase two of the connectivity project, CI-Net is deploying a firewall designed to optimise connectivity and boost business continuity at Bernard Matthews Farms head office site in Norwich.

Natalie Berkhout

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