High-speed internet in the Canary Islands: a competitive advantage

State-of-the-art connectivity makes these islands a popular choice for remote workers

If you have ever worked remotely, you will know that a fast, reliable Internet connection is crucial. Although some people (wrongly) believe that Internet connections are slower on islands than on the continent, the Canary Islands boasts one of the best broadband networks in Europe. There’s no question that this is an enormous competitive advantage for the islands leading Europe as the destination of choice for remote workers.

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According to the latest Canaries 2020 broadband coverage report, the Islands have excellent connectivity. Access to high-speed networks (up to 1 Gbps) is guaranteed in the main cities and towns. In addition, cities like Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife have excellent optical fibre (FTTH) networks giving high-speed coverage to 84.5% of the island territory, the fixed technology that provides the most widespread coverage on the islands.

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Mobile coverage is guaranteed almost everywhere, with speeds of up to 300 Mbps in most places, thanks to 5G technology. Moreover, thanks to satellite services that offer quality connectivity in the countryside, you are also likely to find a good Internet connection in rural parts. All you need is a satellite dish to work at speeds of 30 Mb per second anywhere in the archipelago.

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Wi-Fi networks are still the most common service in public and private spaces throughout the islands. This applies to co-working and co-living spaces (link to article 2, the best coworking spaces) where a good Internet connection is essential. However, numerous hotels, cafés, bars, and restaurants already offer good Internet connections to enhance the customer experience. Public spaces have also joined the initiative, with free Wi-Fi in parks, beaches, and public transport.

Wireless networks give remote workers enormous freedom to combine leisure and work, ensuring a good Internet connection. They can set up an office anywhere and enjoy tourist attractions and remote work outdoors thanks to the year-round good weather in the Canary Islands.

Most public Wi-Fi networks on the islands are secure and free. However, it is always advisable to take certain precautions. These include ensuring that the network complies with the HTTPS security protocol, installing a VPN, avoiding downloading or uploading sensitive content while using them.

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The Canary Islands have numerous Internet providers offering different installation and maintenance services with rates to fit the connection needs of each remote worker. These are generally cheaper than in the rest of Spain because of the tax rate applied in the islands, the IGIC, which is 7% compared to 21% VAT). From portable wireless devices or networks to fibre optic networks or installation of satellite dishes in rural areas (orography permitting).

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WiFi4all

PatuMovil

CanaryTek

Wifi Canarias

Verimax

 

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When the technological conditions are right, productivity increases. This leaves workers more free time to spend on hobbies and explore new places to fully immerse themselves in the Canarian way of life 

These are all important factors considered by the many remote workers who choose the Canary Islands as an Atlantic Hub for work.