Fiber optic and ADSL coverage is not the same everywhere . With ADSL , the speed we can have depends on the area in which we are, and with fiber optics it may not even reach our home directly.
Thanks to two web tools that we have known, we can know precisely which are the connection possibilities in our homes. On the one hand, we can know what is the maximum speed to which we can aspire, on the other, the operators that have infrastructure in our area.
With this tool we can know which adsl networks are deployed in our home, and therefore, which we can hire. It also tells us how far away we are from the corresponding central. This data is quite important. Despite the fact that all the operators sell us data packets with a fixed speed, in reality this varies considerably depending on the distance we are from the central.
With this other tool, we check if we can access a fiber optic network, and with what speed . Once again, it is important to know the distance to the central to be able to get an idea of the connection speed that we choose.
The operation of these tools through Google Maps can be somewhat slow. It is easier if we directly enter our address and population. With this we can verify the great differences that exist in terms of connection, depending on the area of Spain in which we are.
Rural areas continue to suffer the most in the distribution. In some regions, you can barely access the ADSL 1 standard, which allows you to surf at 1 Mega at most. In addition, many have the plant several kilometers away, so it would be difficult for us to even reach this speed. In the image we see the poor connection possibilities that an inhabitant of Rubiales has, in the province of Teruel.
In contrast, in city centers we can count on high speed fiber optics, also finding a central every few streets. The possible operators multiply and with them the offers. In the image below we see the amount of options and speeds that an inhabitant of the center of Madrid can hire .
ADSL and fiber optic networks are still very little advanced in our country if we compare them with the rest of European countries. The average speed of the Internet connection in Spain is barely 3.8 Mbps , according to data from last May. In countries like the Netherlands , the average speed of the connections is 8.4 Mbps.
But the most worrying thing remains Internet access in rural areas . Since last January 1, the law guarantees Internet access at at least 1 Mbps . It is a first step to guarantee Internet access in these populations, but this speed is very low to work with the type of files and webs that we have today.