More than 35% of the Canarian population still does not enjoy a fast and efficient Internet connection
Satellite technology guarantees a broadband connection at a speed of 30 Mbps on the islands
Eurona, the leading operator and provider of Internet, voice and satellite data services, has started its 'rural Internet' project that will take the Internet to more than 800,000 people in the Canary Islands who still do not enjoy a fast and efficient connection . And is that according to the latest Broadband Coverage Report prepared by the Secretary of State for the Information Society, more than 35% of the population does not enjoy a minimum speed of at least 30 Mbps, a problem that it is accentuated in rural areas, depopulated or difficult terrain such as Puerto del Rosario, Teror, El Paso, Punta Llana or Vallehermoso, among others.
An unusual situation, but one that is on track to be solved after the signing of the recent agreement between Hispasat and Eurona, which has turned the latter into the operator with the highest satellite capacity in Europe. At present, the satellite is the only viable technological solution to bring high-speed Internet to all these places forgotten by the 'telecos' where there is no fixed network coverage or this is very deficient. Its global nature or its flexibility to offer coverage in any area, no matter how remote, guarantee the right of all citizens to be connected.
In this way, the satellite offers these municipalities a real business alternative and also becomes an ally against the worrying rural depopulation, in a context where the Internet has become a commodity of first necessity.
This announcement coincides in time with that made by the Secretary of State for the Information Society and Digital Agenda with the implementation of the Aid Program to bring satellite Internet of 30 megabytes per second to municipalities of less than 5,000 inhabitants. Aids of 400 euros, which allow citizens, freelancers and companies in these localities to face free of charge the costs of registration and installation of equipment, and also contribute to meet the Executive's commitment to bring high-speed broadband 100% of households by 2020, as defined by the objectives of the European Digital Agenda.
In response, the telecommunications company, Eurona has put on the market a range of broadband services by satellite of 30 Mbps throughout Spain for a price from 39.90 euros per month that can include fixed and mobile telephony.
According to its CEO, Fernando Ojeda, "nothing makes sense without the Internet, so satellite technology offers the same connection opportunities as urban environments and not only to the Canaries for their leisure time or teleworking, without going further away, but also to small businesses, which have lagged behind because they did not have an efficient connection. And we do not start from scratch, this universal technology has already proven to be capable of offering coverage even in the maritime sector, ending with those limitations that unfortunately still exist in the telecommunications sector".
Eurona Wireless Telecom (EWT), is a Spanish multinational telecommunications company that offers broadband access services, new generation, and carries high-speed Internet where others do not, using wireless and satellite technologies. The multinational, which is listed on the Alternative Stock Market (MAB) since 2010, has a presence in more than 20 countries and has more than 40,000 customers.