The optical fiber has brought much faster and more stable internet connections than ADSL, also allowing technology to continue to evolve to offer even faster speeds. In 2012, the maximum reached was 100 Mbps, three years later the speed tripled, in 2018 it stood at 600 Mbps, and in 2021 the maximum speed to 1,000 Mbps will be generalized after the arrival at Telefónica, which will help its expansion by the rest of rival operators thanks to the access agreements signed.
In Fall 2017, Vodafone was the first major operator to announce its offering with speeds of 1 Gbps in some four million homes and shortly after, Yoigo and Orange joined, with a proposal available for 11 million households. But if you look at more local operators, they have passed five years since the first 1 Gbps fiber connections were launched in operators such as Adamo, PTV Telecom or Fibracat.
Since then, the coverage of these telecos has been expanding, but it will not be until January 2021 when the availability of the 1,000 megabytes of fiber will practically equal in Movistar, Vodafone, Orange and Yoigo, reaching more than 25 million homes, which comprise more than 80% of the population.
It is, therefore, time to review the rates and conditions offered by the operators that offer a symmetric gig to know main differences when coverage is no longer a stumbling block.
Upload speed, compatible router and other differences between operators
In Spain, operators have accustomed us to offering symmetrical speeds on their connections. That is, the same speed both when we download data, such as when we climb to the internet to send a video or use cloud services, for example. But although this unwritten rule has been common, with the jump to 1,000 Mbps download, it is more common to see that the upload speed is not always at the same level.
Is it a problem that one gig connections are not symmetrical? Probably not. In reality, the fastest connections are usually aimed at families or businesses, in which several users connect one or more devices to the Internet, with the intention of guaranteeing the high speed on all smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, consoles, computers or other devices that are connected simultaneously. As a whole, many of these connections will require more download speed than upload speed, so an asymmetric speed should not be a problem, although everything will depend on the user’s needs.
In Adamo, for example, we see that the speed is up to 600 Mbps upstream, in Fibracat the symmetry is optional, and in Yoigo they directly chose to set the upload speed at 300 Mbps. In the case of Vodafone, the maximum upload speed in 7.5 million homes is limited to 100 Mbps, since it is a restriction of HFC technology, rather than a specific rate restriction. Movistar and Orange do offer a symmetrical gig.
In order to enjoy speeds of up to 1 Gbps in the case of current customers migrating to the new speeds, the operator will have to check that we have a compatible router, capable of supporting the new speeds and with WiFi 5 or higher that also helps increase the speed with wireless connection.
In addition, the operators have other differences that we will list:
Landline. It is included with calls free to landlines and mobiles on VodafoneIn Orange it costs one euro if you also want unlimited calls without hours to mobiles, in Movistar calls to mobiles are limited to non-business hours during the week and in Yoigo they are limited to 60 minutes to mobiles.
Television. It is included by default in Movistar and on some Vodafone and Orange rates. Yoigo does not offer a television service comparable to that of its rivals.
Permanence. Movistar It is the only operator that does not require any minimum permanence while its rivals, although they do not have permanence with a specific rate or speed, do require a minimum commitment with the operator. It will be 12 months on Vodafone, Orange and with Yoigo’s fiber-only rates, while the convergent of Yoigo they reduce the stay to three months.
Mobile phone. The four main operators offer combined rates with fiber and mobile, and several of the offers include two or more mobile lines with unlimited minutes and shared data, also unlimited in many cases. Without a mobile phone, only Vodafone and Yoigo offer 1,000 Mbps fiber.
Fiber-only rates at 1,000 Mbps
If you are one of those who prefer to contract fiber independently, the options with speeds of 1 Gbps are limited to the following:
1Gbps fiber bundles, mobile, TV and more
Turning to the combined fiber and mobile, it will be where we will find the greatest variety of offers since both Movistar, Vodafone, Orange and Yoigo are present.
Regarding the price of access, Movistar will be the operator cheaper with a rate that includes mobile with 5 GB for 62 euros, followed by 5 GB for 66 euros from Orange, and Yoigo It follows closely for 69 euros with 15 GB.
The rest of the rates have unlimited mobile data, finding in Vodafone the cheapest offer for 75 euros, but with speed limited to 2 Mbps. Nearby is Yoigo for 79 euros, but with the quality of streaming video limited to SD. Instead, without these kinds of speed restrictions, Movistar It has Fusion Inicia, which also includes a complete family channel package for 78 euros.
In around 100 euros, Movistar begins to include channels of football, while Vodafone includes two mobile lines, a complete family channel package and Super WiFi to enhance your wireless connection. Orange also includes two mobile lines and optional television with all the football, Netflix and Amazon Prime for an additional 15 euros.
The conditions of all rates and final prices, are as summarized in the following comparative graph: