London-based Hyperoptic is installing gigabit fiber broadband in both London’s South Dock and Greenland Dock, to serve residential boats and yachts. Around 200 berths at the Docks now have access to Hyperoptic’s full product suite, including 20Mb, 100Mb and 1Gb broadband and landline packages. So far, over 50 percent of residents have ordered high-speed services.

This is the first time that residential boats have been able to enjoy true fiber connectivity. Previously occupants did not have any wired broadband connectivity options, which meant many residents relied on 3G dongles to connect to the web. In contrast, today Hyperoptic’s customers enjoy some of the the fastest broadband speeds in the UK.

As with its installation process in traditional building developments, Hyperoptic installed its fiber directly into the communications hub on each marina and then connected each residential boat via CAT5e cabling.


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Londons South Dock Marina, fastest broadband in the area

Patrick Keating, Harbour Master, Southwark Council, said: “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.”

Stephen Waddington, Resident, 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 fiber optic solution to the pontoon means we have better broadband than a lot of people in the UK have in their houses.”

Hyperoptic is a Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) provider, pioneering the UK fiber gold standard: the country’s fastest, most consistent and reliable Internet service. It claims that its fast, symmetrical gigabit services are over 135 times faster than traditional ASDL services. Broadband connections are delivered via Hyperoptic’s own dedicated fiber network, which means that customers can always connect to the Internet at the speeds advertised.