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London marina boats get faster broadband than most UK homes

Thursday, May 21st 2015 by Ellen Branagh

Residential boats in a London marina can access fibre broadband for the first time, thanks to gigabit provider Hyperoptic.

Occupants of boats in the South Dock marina, which includes South Dock and Greenland Dock, can access speeds of up to 1Gbps from fibre to the premises provider Hyperoptic.

It is the first time people who live on the boats have been able to access fibre broadband after previously relying on 3G dongles to get online, and so far half of residents have ordered services.

Hyperoptic uses fibre technology to the building, meaning the copper cabling which can account for peak-time slowdowns and unpredictable speeds is no longer used to deliver a service to consumers.

The company, which services several developments near the marina, looked into installation options to give the residential boats access to fast broadband speeds after hearing about residents’ woes.

Similarly to its installation process in traditional building developments, Hyperoptic installed its fibre directly into the communications hub on each marina then connected each boat via ethernet cabling.

The move means all residents in the 150-berth South Dock and 50-berth Greenland Dock now have the option to subscribe to Hyperoptic’s services, including 20Mb, 100Mb and 1Gb broadband and landline packages.

So far, over 50% of residents have ordered services, the company said.

Data infrastructure

Stephen Waddington, a resident at Greenland Dock, said: “Mobile signals are flaky on a steel hulled Dutch barge and teens quickly exhaust data plans.

“The dock is on the opposite side of the river for Canary Wharf but lacked its data infrastructure.

“Having a high-speed fibre solution to the pontoon means we have better broadband than a lot of people in the UK have in their houses.”

Patrick Keating, harbourmaster at Southwark Council, added: “It was fantastic to be able to address the residents’ broadband issues with such an outstanding solution.

“It’s an issue that I have been investigating for a while; I never envisaged a jump from nothing to a gigabit. The residents are thrilled.”

Hyperoptic is currently available in 12 cities and towns across the UK and aims to have its hyperfast service available to more than 500,000 homes by 2018.

Earlier this month, Cable.co.uk reported how a survey commissioned by Hyperoptic found that Britons would rather give up chocolate, alcohol and sex than their broadband connection.

The survey of 3,000 consumers found that when asked, 'what would you rather give up for a week?', 45% of respondents chose chocolate, 24% said alcohol and 22% picked sex, while just 9% said they would rather give up their broadband connection.

It also found that Londoners are the most broadband-dependant, spending 12 hours online each day – compared to the average Briton at nine hours.

People who live in the capital also have the ‘smartest’ homes, with the average Londoner having five devices connected to the internet, compared with three for the average UK consumer.

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