I just received an unexpected call from Andinanet, my Internet service provider in Ecuador. Andinanet is having a promotion until the end of December whereby they will upgrade the speed of my current DSL connection from 256K/128K to 512K/128K at no additional charge.
I know, these speeds seem very slow compared to speeds in North America or Europe; however, Ecuador lacks sufficient telecommunications infrastructure and the news of a 512K download speed had me dancing around the office. I have been hearing rumors of a new fiber optic line in Ecuador, but now I think it might be true.
Internet is still relatively expensive in Ecuador. The new 512K/128K DSL connection costs $79/month. If $79/month is too expensive for your Ecuador budget, Andinanet offers a range of less expensive (and slower) alternatives.
I’m happy with my Internet connection because I successfully do business by email, phone (VOIP), and FAX; people only know that I am in Ecuador when I reveal my secret!