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Problems with Movistar ADSL

For years we had Jazztel 6Mb ADSL here in the Makalu office in Marbella. About two months ago, we were informed by Movistar that if we’d switch, we could get their new 30Mb VDSL for about the same cost.

Not only that, but we could switch in a process called “Portabilidad”, requiring us to do nothing at all. Just sign a paper, wait a few weeks, and then boom—we should have 30Mb!

We signed, and sure enough, a few weeks later, a Movistar technician showed up at the door, router in hand, ready to make our VDSL installation. After 15 minutes of working, we learned it was all too good to be true:

Unfortunately, your office is too far from the Movistar switch to support VDSL, so the best I can do is install 6Mb ADSL.

Great—the switch was for nothing; we’d simply be changing from Jazztel 6Mb to Movistar 6Mb. Oh well, at least we’re not going backwards.

But then, we did go backwards.

After restarting the Movistar router, our ADSL speeds would always degrade after a short period of time to these abysmal figures as reported by SpeedTest—Grade F (slower than 86% of everybody else in Spain):

So I call Technical Support, and am told:

Yes, you’re on reduced speed. The reason is that there’s a VDSL order open, and until that’s administratively changed to ADSL, we can’t properly configure your line. You have to call the Sales department to get that order changed.

So I call the Sales department, and am told:

Yes, you ordered VDSL but the technician installed ADSL. So it’s up to the Technical Support department to change the order. There’s nothing we can do.

Over a period of three weeks, I’ve had this conversation with the two department four times.

Yesterday I asked the obvious question to both departments:

This whole switch from Jazztel to Movistar was based on a promise you couldn’t deliver on. Now, I’m in a situation in which we can’t work in the office and I’m listening to two Movistar departments pointing the finger at each other. Instead of me being in the middle, CAN’T YOU TWO DEPARTMENTS JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER AND SORT THIS OUT?!?

Unfortunately, I’m told, that’s not possible; the departments do not have the means of getting together and fixing a problem like this.

So this is absolutely surreal. The ADSL is so bad in the office we can’t work, and I have reached a complete dead-end in terms of being able to resolve it.

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  1. Neil Neil

    Don’t ever trust Movistar! I had the same issue, Vodafone were the best overall in my opinion (although I never tried Jazztel).

    In fact, Vodafone supply you with a 3G modem until you are properly connected, so you can access the net straight away.

  2. Josh Josh

    Last year I had a similar situation with Vodafone where after waiting for over 2 months for an ADSL installation and countless calls to all their departments, where they would give me new installations date every time, it turned out that they never actually placed the installation order. I then called Movistar in utter frustration and had ADSL the next morning. On the other hand I had a similar story with Movistar a few years back and I’ve heard other people go through the same pain with Orange so it seems they all have the same level of inferior service. The worst is when you get stuck in an odd process like you guys. Everything is fine as long as there’s no abnormal scenario. It does make a big difference depending on the attendant you get. I’ve literally been asked to call again because the person had no idea what to do while the next one I’ve reached fixes everything in a few minutes.

    Hope it all works out and best of luck guys!

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