Marine mobile communications & TV systems for canal narrowboats and barges.
We list here providers of mobile communications and TV systems. Keeping in touch while on a narrow boat or barge is important for many people. Mobile phone networks cover most, though not all, the canal system. However additional accessories such as external aerials may be needed to improve reception. Mobile Broadband covers many urban areas allowing quick Internet access and email reception in many places on suitably featured 'smart phones'. USB modems are available from all the major networks allowing laptops to access the mobile broadband service. Many marinas are now providing internet access through wifi networks. Occasionally they are free to use, but often they are password protected and require payment for time limited access through a password. VHF radio is required or advised on some river navigations.
Digital TV reception is available from many moorings provided your boat are equipped with a suitable aerial. Portable satellite dishes are becoming frequently common on canal boats. Reception via aerial or satellite dish can be poor when the boat is on the move though, and it can be dangerous to leave equipment erected when moving. We have a separate listing of marine electrical & electronic equipment suppliers & Engineers, also suppliers & installers of solar and wind power systems.