To access the internet in Spain, you can choose from different types of connection. Find all related information in this article.
Once you have settled in Spain, telecommunications should be one of your priorities, whether for your research or to keep in touch with your friends and relatives abroad. The country has a modern and developed telecommunications network, allowing you to make quality phone calls and access the internet anywhere in the country whether you are a temporary or permanent resident in Spain.
You can start by checking out various services offered by different service providers, either by visiting their website or by dropping in one of their branches. You may also get some insights on the Spain forum.
Types of connection
Spanish internet service providers offer various connection types, namely ADSL, WIMAX, optical fiber and 4G. The most popular, of course, are ADSL and Wi-fi which provide a broadband connection allowing you to surf the web at high speed. Optical fiber, on the other hand, is still developing in the country. ADSL is still popular in small cities, residential areas and even in the countryside. However, the connection speed remains quite lower compared to current telecommunication offers.
Some ISPs even offer cable TV for additional fees, as well as special packages with unlimited calls to local landlines.
Moreover, you can choose between three types of access: billing according to the number of hours of use, an unlimited connection monthly subscription or a combination of both. You can inquire on related conditions with your operator.
If your home has had an Internet connection in the past, new installation is not required. You can simply reactivate the service. Otherwise, new installation can take at least a fortnight. Documents to be produced on subscription are your identity card or passport and proof of residence.
Broadband subscriptions are generally regulated by a minimum one year contract. Hence, you are likely to pay penalty fees if you choose to terminate the contract before it expires. Note that applications cannot be made from abroad. You must be on the spot to fill in all relating formalities.
Good to know:
Subscription and installation fees are required during registration. But you may be entitled to discounts during promotional periods.
Foreigners who do not have a computer can access to the Internet in Internet cafes which can be found in almost all major Spanish cities. You will also find shops and call centers known as ''locutorios'' offering internet connection facilities. Rates usually start as from a euro per hour.
If you have a smart phone or a laptop, you can also access to Wi-Fi in some public places such as bars, train stations, airports, shopping centers, city centers, municipalities, etc. The Wi-fi Finder app may help you find nearby spots with your smartphone. Access can be free of charge or paid. Some accommodations also offer free Wi-Fi.