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Title: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: UK couple on June 10, 2018, 11:11:52 PM
Hi,

Any residents of VP - what speeds do you get?
What do you pay (pm)?
How reliable is it?
What providers can you recommend - and who to avoid?

Many thanks - Good reliable internet is paramount to us.


Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: eddyandclair on June 14, 2018, 01:49:27 AM
I have only 10 days experience and am in Antas, but not far from VP
I have a small satellite dish type internet. It is with instelNET.
10MB download and 2mb up is the official speed, but speed tests say 10mb each way
I am a heavy user and so far have not noticed any outage. Reliable is also very important to us too, so all good so far
It is 36.30 euro per month

There seem to be lots of other providers here, but I don't know enough about any to recommend any....
I think there is also fiber in the area too, but don't know the costs
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: UK couple on October 15, 2018, 09:44:16 PM
Great info - Thanks Eddy and Claire  ;D


Who else has a decent internet connection in Vera Playa and can offer some info?

Do any internet providers also offer a combined sim package for mobile phones including data?

If anyone can advise we would be grateful - Thanks! :)
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: Gregs on October 19, 2018, 11:02:53 AM
I inherited a satellite InstelNET internet when I bought in Villaricos. It has a small transmitter (?) about the size of your fist. It works well and had no outages when I have been there. Cost is 25 Euros a month. No idea of speeds but it does all I need. Can recommend.
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: UK couple on October 20, 2018, 11:01:27 PM
Many thanks for the info.

Have you ever logged into " speedtest.net " (or similar) it will give you an accurate upload and download speed.

I would be interested to hear what speeds you get.

All the Best - T&S
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: eddyandclair on October 21, 2018, 05:10:55 PM
I have instelNET too

I get 10MB down and 2MB up, this is quiet consistent on speedtest.net and fast enough for what i need
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: UK couple on October 21, 2018, 11:56:06 PM
I have instelNET too

I get 10MB down and 2MB up, this is quiet consistent on speedtest.net and fast enough for what i need

Thanks, your info is appreciated E & C  ;D
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: belfbri on October 25, 2018, 06:15:08 PM
Fibre Optic seems to be available in some parts. I'll be there on Saturday for a week and will be staying in a flat in Mirador de Vera that was advertised as having fibre. I would have preferred staying in a nudist complex but I couldn't find a place that had what sounded like reliable internet. I need to work while I'm there and it's too important for my work, so I didn't want to take the chance on a 4G or WiMax system. Anyway, the temperature will drop quite a bit on Sunday so I'm less bothered now.
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: UK couple on October 25, 2018, 11:34:30 PM
Fibre Optic seems to be available in some parts. I'll be there on Saturday for a week and will be staying in a flat in Mirador de Vera that was advertised as having fibre. I would have preferred staying in a nudist complex but I couldn't find a place that had what sounded like reliable internet. I need to work while I'm there and it's too important for my work, so I didn't want to take the chance on a 4G or WiMax system. Anyway, the temperature will drop quite a bit on Sunday so I'm less bothered now.

Thank you, decent reliable internet is very important.
We will wait with interest.
Hope you have a great time while you are there  ;D

Any additional information will be welcome - Thanks !
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: belfbri on October 28, 2018, 10:12:57 AM
Well, the provider is Vodafone and speed is around 50Mbps. The owner mentioned he had another modem if there was any problems. I presume that means a 4G router. I might ask if I can test it for a day or two as I'd be keen to know this myself as I'm thinking about buying here, but internet options are going to influence my decision.
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: UK couple on October 28, 2018, 10:26:32 PM
Well, the provider is Vodafone and speed is around 50Mbps. The owner mentioned he had another modem if there was any problems. I presume that means a 4G router. I might ask if I can test it for a day or two as I'd be keen to know this myself as I'm thinking about buying here, but internet options are going to influence my decision.

Thanks 50 is very good!
Your info is very much appreciated, do let us know how you get on. We're looking to purchase in the near future also.

All the best!  ;D
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: belfbri on October 30, 2018, 07:05:26 PM
The owner very kindly lent me his 4G Router which I had for half of today. Not an exhaustive test, but enough to give me an idea. I was actually impressed. It didn't drop the connection once. And we did a speed test and it was also around 50Mbps upload and download. However, he did tell me that he had to call the operator (Vodafone) during the summer because the speeds were really slow - between 0.5 and 2Mbps. They said it was due to the number of people here in July and August and there are only 4 transmitters serving the area. It doesn't make financial sense for them to install more for the sake of 2 months a year. So that's slightly disappointing as I'd definitely like to spend some time here in the summer. I'd also be slightly concerned about the data allowance. Vodafone gives you 40GB per month. I monitor my usage over the last couple of days and it seems I average almost 1GB per full day use on my work computer. If I was here for a full month that's 75% of it used and not counting any personal use. I think if you were streaming or downloading a lot of videos or using IPTV, you might get close to your limit in a month.

I saw two flats today but when I used Vodafone's coverage checker it said Fibre wasn't available but I could get ADSL, which also has a limit but it's double at 80GB. Next step is to go up to the Vodafone shop in Vera and see if I can get any more info on when Fibre might be available.
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: UK couple on October 30, 2018, 11:24:58 PM
The owner very kindly lent me his 4G Router which I had for half of today. Not an exhaustive test, but enough to give me an idea. I was actually impressed. It didn't drop the connection once. And we did a speed test and it was also around 50Mbps upload and download. However, he did tell me that he had to call the operator (Vodafone) during the summer because the speeds were really slow - between 0.5 and 2Mbps. They said it was due to the number of people here in July and August and there are only 4 transmitters serving the area. It doesn't make financial sense for them to install more for the sake of 2 months a year. So that's slightly disappointing as I'd definitely like to spend some time here in the summer. I'd also be slightly concerned about the data allowance. Vodafone gives you 40GB per month. I monitor my usage over the last couple of days and it seems I average almost 1GB per full day use on my work computer. If I was here for a full month that's 75% of it used and not counting any personal use. I think if you were streaming or downloading a lot of videos or using IPTV, you might get close to your limit in a month.

I saw two flats today but when I used Vodafone's coverage checker it said Fibre wasn't available but I could get ADSL, which also has a limit but it's double at 80GB. Next step is to go up to the Vodafone shop in Vera and see if I can get any more info on when Fibre might be available.

Fantastic info! Much appreciated.

We would need unlimited and at 50 would be nice.
We'd eat 40Gig in a fortnight if and where possible.
Real problem in the area, and 4G sounds unreliable?

Many thanks for this and look forward to your very useful info updates!

Cheers! ;-)
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: UK couple on November 02, 2018, 10:01:11 PM
What were the quoted ul/dl speeds for ADSL by the way?

Do you know if fibre will be available in Vera Playa anytime soon, and where?

Many Thanks!
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: belfbri on November 04, 2018, 07:54:13 AM
Well I didn't make it to the Vodafone shop in the end as I was viewing more properties right up until I left Vera yesterday morning. Vodafone seem to be the only one offering fibre, I guess the own the cables. Their coverage checker is a bit different from Orange and Movistar in that it doesn't ask for block numbers, flat numbers and all those more intricate details of the address - just the street and number. From that and from talking to the owner of the flat I stayed in, it sounds like if fibre is going in to the cabinet on the complex then you should be able to get it. The owner said they ran the fibre cable from the cabinet to his flat when they installed, so it's not using any existing lines from the cabinet. So I tried working out which complexes have it and it seems Bahia de Vera, Torremar Natura, Vera Natura and Natura World have coverage. I was only looking at naturist developments so there are probably others. Mirador de Vera is where I stayed, so it's available there.

For the ones that said there was no fibre but ADSL, all it quoted was a download of "up to" 30Mbps. It didn't mention upload but with ADSL I wouldn't expect it to be more than about 2Mbps.

It's tricky, because until you actually book an installation and they do a site survey, you won't know for sure, which is too late once you've already bought the property. I think I'll investigate renting a desk in an office somewhere nearby as a backup. Yes, it would be nice to be able to stream 4K from Netflix, but I can live without that. The most important thing for me is that I'm able to work.
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: belfbri on November 04, 2018, 08:05:28 AM
And just to add, Parque Vera was only coming up with ADSL
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: UK couple on November 08, 2018, 01:11:04 AM
Well I didn't make it to the Vodafone shop in the end as I was viewing more properties right up until I left Vera yesterday morning. Vodafone seem to be the only one offering fibre, I guess the own the cables. Their coverage checker is a bit different from Orange and Movistar in that it doesn't ask for block numbers, flat numbers and all those more intricate details of the address - just the street and number. From that and from talking to the owner of the flat I stayed in, it sounds like if fibre is going in to the cabinet on the complex then you should be able to get it. The owner said they ran the fibre cable from the cabinet to his flat when they installed, so it's not using any existing lines from the cabinet. So I tried working out which complexes have it and it seems Bahia de Vera, Torremar Natura, Vera Natura and Natura World have coverage. I was only looking at naturist developments so there are probably others. Mirador de Vera is where I stayed, so it's available there.

For the ones that said there was no fibre but ADSL, all it quoted was a download of "up to" 30Mbps. It didn't mention upload but with ADSL I wouldn't expect it to be more than about 2Mbps.

It's tricky, because until you actually book an installation and they do a site survey, you won't know for sure, which is too late once you've already bought the property. I think I'll investigate renting a desk in an office somewhere nearby as a backup. Yes, it would be nice to be able to stream 4K from Netflix, but I can live without that. The most important thing for me is that I'm able to work.

You've done a GREAT job! Many Thanks.
All a bit confusing and it does sound like its going to be hard work attempting to find a place which will definitely have decent broadband.
I'll buy you a drink for your efforts one day !  ;D
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: UK couple on November 08, 2018, 01:12:58 AM
And just to add, Parque Vera was only coming up with ADSL

Again - Muchas Gracias amigo!  :y
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: SiWi on December 11, 2018, 11:10:23 AM
I live permanently in La Menara, and had Wi-Fi of 15 Mbit for our computers. They where very slow at times, and measuring the speed it was every other day between 0,3 and 6 Mbit.
Reading an add from Movistar they said they had seamless optics at 600 Mbit, so one month ago I got it installed. Since then we had no computer problems, we run all our TV directly on the net, and having one English package and one Spanish package,we now have around 400 TV channels streamed through the net.
Sceptical as I am I measured the speed, and we have 629 Mbit down and 658 Mbit up,so it is seamless all right.
Have not heard about anybody in Spain having speed like this,and it works all the time so far at least.
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: Roy on December 11, 2018, 05:21:56 PM
impressive, but what does it cost a month and how long is the contract?  I am assuming this is more suitable for permanent residents than second home owners?
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: UK couple on December 12, 2018, 10:41:01 PM
I live permanently in La Menara, and had Wi-Fi of 15 Mbit for our computers. They where very slow at times, and measuring the speed it was every other day between 0,3 and 6 Mbit.
Reading an add from Movistar they said they had seamless optics at 600 Mbit, so one month ago I got it installed. Since then we had no computer problems, we run all our TV directly on the net, and having one English package and one Spanish package,we now have around 400 TV channels streamed through the net.
Sceptical as I am I measured the speed, and we have 629 Mbit down and 658 Mbit up,so it is seamless all right.
Have not heard about anybody in Spain having speed like this,and it works all the time so far at least.

Thanks for this, it sounds almost too good to be true. What is the catch, it must be the cost?
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: SiWi on December 13, 2018, 08:39:23 AM
I got a contract including 250 Spanish TV channels, and with 600 Mbit seamless internet, no line fees, and the total is € 55,- per month. The contract has a minimum period of 3 months. Without the TV channels I think the price is € 10,-less.
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: RobnDee on December 13, 2018, 05:43:39 PM
Do you know if the offer slower connections at lower cost?
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: SiWi on December 14, 2018, 11:23:07 AM
Yes, they do. Why not talk to them or look at the Internet where you will find everything they have? That is what I did. They also have an office in Las Bouganvillas next to the sports bar, and that is where I got my contract (speaking English).
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: UK couple on December 16, 2018, 10:19:38 PM
Do they have a data limit ?

I hope not for that cost ?

Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: SiWi on December 17, 2018, 11:45:20 AM
There is no data limit for the internet.

Included in the price is also 2 mobile telephones, with one including a lot of roaming. And free calls withing Spain.

I do not have all the details of their available contracts, but why not check it online or live at the shop?
Title: Re: Internet speeds and costs?
Post by: UK couple on December 20, 2018, 08:36:07 AM
There is no data limit for the internet.

Included in the price is also 2 mobile telephones, with one including a lot of roaming. And free calls withing Spain.

I do not have all the details of their available contracts, but why not check it online or live at the shop?

Sounds like a really good deal - Thanks for the info!  ;D