In April I returned to Oregon for 2 weeks and was amazed at the ubiquity of WiFi in Portland. Besides WiFi being everywhere, the speed of my Internet connection was much faster. The very good news in Cuenca, Ecuador is that the Internet speed is getting faster, the cost for the connection is getting cheaper and there are more Wifi hot spots than ever before. Gringos Abroad just did a comprehensive review of Internet connections in Ecuador . First rate research and very accurate.
I can only speak of my Internet connections in Cuenca. As mentioned in another section of this blog – there are 4 major providers – ETAPA, TV CABLE, PUNTONET AND CENTRONET. I have used all 4 services and my #1 preference is TV CABLE. Internet speed and connection is still a neighborhood by neighborhood issue. Some buildings are not wired for TV CABLE and some ETAPA connections have very old wiring. My suggestion for newcomers is to ask around and read the different forums and don’t be bashful to ask lots of questions.
For me, my Internet connection is my lifeline to my family and friends and fast dependable connections are a must. For a map of WiFi connections in Cuenca – Click here
It’s been 7 weeks since I installed TV Cable and ETAPA services in my new rental house.
I opted for the 6 mb service ($49 per month) with TV Cable. The service has been outstanding and the most down time experienced has been about a total of 2 hours for the 7 weeks. Below is a speedtest. net graph of some recent download tests as compared to the global average.
As you can see about 50% of the time I have met or exceeded the global average. I’m very impressed.
The upload speeds are not as good but are not as important as the download speeds.
I have been very disappointed with the ETAPA service in the new rental. I opted for the 1 mb service ($24 per month) with ETAPA. When the service is working I meet or exceed these speeds. Unfortunately, everyday the service goes down for 30 minutes or more each day. I have to travel to the ETAPA office and make sure I speak to a supervisor and clearly explain the situation.
It’s been two weeks in the new house and I wanted to update potential Internet subscribers in Cuenca about the stability of the two services. Why do I have two services? I teach computer courses and host the Ipad Users Group and people don’t want to hear excuses that the service is down or slow.
TV Cable Internet: Meets or exceeds the contracted 6 mbs download speed and 1.4 up all the time. Only one down time in the two weeks and that only lasted 30 minutes. The Ping (the distance it takes to travel from one host to another) is often under 50 ms.
ETAPA – Missed two installation appointments. They showed up on time for the third scheduled appointment and installed the second service upstairs. This service has been perfect with no down time. The contracted speed is 1 mb down and the actual speed is 3mb down and 0.6 mb up with a delayed ping of >200.
YMWV – (Your mileage will vary) with ETAPA depending on the neighborhood and if you also have a house phone.
Cost Of Services:
TV Cable – $56
ETAPA – $24
Prices include 12% IVA
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