Lanzarote Grapevine Issue 2 - Page 123

In the coming months I try to keep you informed with what is best with regard to all things communications here on Lanzarote. If you don’t know already, you will come to realise it’s a minefield! There are many questions to ask yourself when making the decision on how to get connected to the outside world. a) Where do you live? b) Are you in a rented property? c) Do you really need a fixed line? e) Do you need a fax? f) Do you need ADSL? g) Do you need a mobile? If so, how many? (Where do you live too?) I will hover between them all as this may help you to eventually reach a decision. It is like a game of chess with the pieces and moves are constantly varying. Depending on where you live will be the main factor. If you live in Arrecife then there is fibre optic cable over most of the town and it is a ‘no-brainer’ that this will be the best option for internet speed and telephone calls. Manhole covers outside your property with ONO - Fibre Optica, or Cable Fiber Optica (spelt a variety of ways, as most of the manhole covers were manufactured by Stanton & Stavely in the UK!) or similar will give the game away that fibre is in your street. If you can get away without a landline and rely on a mobile then how will you get the internet? Issue 2 | The Lanzarote Grapevine 2014 If you are in a rented property do you want to be bothered with the hassle of installing landlines if you may move in the near future? There are 3 main ISPs here on Lanzarote; Movistar (A Telefonica Company who also tie up with BT in the UK), Orange (used to be Amena who are tied up with ONO) and Vodafone (the old Airtel network). Telefonica (changed it’s name to Movistar to protect the innocent) have both Movistar and Telefonica engineers going around the island. Movistar still control the line networks whoever you go with, so it’s best to see what offers they have on at the moment to keep everything under one roof. These change on a weekly basis, with each network provider (ISP), bringing out a brochure with their latest network deals on fixed lines and mobile offerings. Grapevine Connections (coffee notes from a geek) I hate them all, but you are going to have to talk to one of them. Movistar are trying to be ‘all things to all men’ so to speak, and offer a fixed line, ADSL, integrated with your mobiles. This is called Movistar Fusion and can be a good deal for some. Outside Arrecife the other questions come into play. On one of the Lanzarote Facebook forums a while back, some people said that after moving to the ‘Fusion’ tariff, that their landline speed had dropped from 6mb/s to 1mb/s, and despite complaining to Movistar and getting the engineer out, and much shrugging of shoulders by all parties, resulted in no improvements. Do you need a fixed landline at all? This could be a rare case, of course. Will just a mobile suffice? After you’ve signed up with any of the ISPs for a 2 year contract, it can be a pain to get out of it, and faxes need to be sent in triplicate to Madrid HQ, with covering letters in Spanish saying why you want out. If you run a business it might seem more business-like to have a fixed 928 number. by RADAR