It isn’t that often I find something negative to say about living here but the internet access in Fuerteventura is an exception.
I needed to upload my next video to Youtube last night. After compressing the file to be as small as possible it ended up as a 400Mb file. I started the upload to Youtube and it said it would take 6 hours. I left it to run and then, 4 hours later, I checked it. It had uploaded only 12% and it said it would take another 20 hours to finish uploading! I have had to stop it and need to think again. There must be a way to get a faster service.
In the UK I would be getting around 200mbs download and at least 20mbs upload speeds. Here, for much more than I would be paying in the UK, I get around 4.5 to 5.5mbs download and 0.15mbs upload speeds. It is positively stone age. In fact, I think Fred Flintstone got better speeds than that in Bedrock.
Oh for fast internet access again. Is that too much to ask for in this day and age? Wake up Fuerteventura – this is the 21st century.
February 2021 – I have fibre optic internet access!
Yes, a miracle has happened. We now have fibre optic internet access after all these years of waiting and promises. I have the 100mbps package but may upgrade to 600mbps, which is also available.
These are my speeds:
Update on internet access in Fuerteventura
May 2018: Miracles may, just possibly, happen. We are on a waiting list to have fibre optic internet installed. We will have 50mbps initially at a cost of 39.95€ per month and can increase that to 300mbps afterwards for an additional 5€ per month.
I have heard there is a delay (so no surprise there then) and I will believe it when I see it quite frankly. If it is then I will have to eat my words that we will get fibre optic internet access in Fuerteventura when Hell freezes over!
We get our internet via Europa Network.
FURTHER UPDATE, June 2020 – scrub the above. Two years later and still no fibre optics where I live. I sent a message wishing the money I paid for installation a happy 2nd birthday and asking when I was going to be connected. I received no reply except a credit note for the installation fee I paid. So it looks like Hell may well freeze over before we get fibre optics here in La Oliva (but then we are only the capital of the municipality). The annoying thing is that they have had fibre optics in the small hamlet of El Roque near El Cotillo for over a year!
Using Mobile Data
If you are here on holiday you should be able to use your UK/German mobile Data for no extra charge due to the EU regulations. 4G is available in all the main areas.