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1Gb fibre broadband services are now available on residential boats moored at London’s South Dock Marina.

In a UK first, occupants in South Dock and Greenland Dock can take advantage of ultra-fast 'fibre-to-the-boat' broadband, courtesy of infrastructure provider Hyperoptic.

Previously, people living in the marina were forced to rely upon 3G dongles for broadband connectivity, but they now have a fixed-line option.

Hyperoptic - which services a number of nearby developments - has installed its fibre directly into the communications hub on each dock, and used Cat5e cabling to connect each residential boat.

All residents now have the option to subscribe to Hyperoptic’s full-fibre broadband deals, which include 20Mb, 100Mb and 1Gb tariffs.

The service provider says half of all boat-dwellers have already ordered a Hyperoptic broadband package.

Patrick Keating, Harbour Master at Southwark Council, said it is "fantastic to be able to address 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, who lives on a boat in Greenland Dock, explained that mobile signals are "flaky" on steel-hulled Dutch barges.

And with multiple web users to keep happy, mobile broadband data plans tend to be quickly exhausted.

"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," Mr Waddington stated.

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