I wrote recently about fibre optic internet (offering speeds 33x faster than standard ADSL) being available in this area early next year. Well, a spanner has been thrown into the works after Spanish competition watchdog the CNMC ordered Movistar to share its new fibre optic network with other operators in large cities. In response Movistar says that the fibre optic network will not be profitable in some parts of Spain and has cancelled around 35% Continue reading Movistar cuts fibre optic rollout after being told to share→
I tabled a question to Movistar (the old Teléfonica company) about when we as domestic users will be able to sign up to the new fibre optic internet service they’re installing in the Levante. Their answer: They will start connecting domestic users here in the first quarter of 2015. Prices will be (aprox) 29.95€ a month (plus line rental) and speeds will be 100 Mb down and 10Mb up. By way of comparision, the standard Continue reading Exclusive: Fibre optic internet to homes arriving soon in the Levante→
A few months ago, I noticed on the bill that Telefonica had upped my ADSL from 3Mbs to 10Mbs, for free. Nice, but it wasn’t any faster. I checked with the rep, who confirmed that as the switchboards around here are slowly being upgraded, they’re giving you faster broadband for the same price, as and when it’s available. He said it would probably kick in at some point, and just to wait. I then forgot Continue reading A possible tip on how to get faster internet out of your Telefonica ADSL→
Telefonica has started its 60 million euro upgrade of landlines and mobiles across the province. The first phase of fibre optic will only be in the capital city, but then the major population centres around the city will be connected to the new and faster Telefonica network.
Telefonica has announced that it will not be increasing the basic cost of telephone line next month, leaving the monthly cost the same at €14.38 a month. That doesn’t mean it won’t go up later in the year, of course. Stamps will also stay the same, according to Correos.
After a campaign by consumer organisation FACUA, Movistar has announced it will end its policy of “locking” mobile phones to its own network. So if you have a Movistar phone, they will now give you, for free and over the phone, the code to “unlock” it and use it on any network. Vodafone, Orange and Yoigo are so far refusing to do this, despite the campaign, but Facua continues to pressurise, and has also lodged complaints Continue reading No more “locked” mobile phones from Movistar→
Telefonica will upgrade the mobile phone coverage in Almeria city, El Ejido and Roquetas del Mar to 4G this December, the company announced today. It hopes to give 4G coverage to all towns of over 70,000 pop by the first third of 2014, and keep on extending 4G nationally over the year. No news on the rest of the province yet. One day……..
Telefonica shares have soared after a possible takeover bid by US telecoms giant AT&T was routed by Madrid. El Mundo reported that the Madrid government is determined to block any takeover of their beloved Telefonica and has told the Yanks that they will do everything possible to block the deal. AT&T, it has been rumoured, was preparing a $122 billion takeover bid for Telefonica, of which about $52 billion would have been debt and liabilities. Continue reading Telefonica takeover rumour by US giant AT&T→
What prompted this little rant was after Telefonica’s telemarketers rang me no fewer than 30 times in two days. When they rang me at 10pm on a Friday night, I snapped and called back. I am now on their “do not call” list. Want to find out how I did it? Two steps: First, ring back the company that’s calling you, on the number they called you.
Just for fun, I rang Teléfonica yesterday and said I was going to change our ADSL lines to a new provider. With no quibbling, they offered me six months at half price, and upped the bandwidth to 6 mb. Worth a try!