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Falklands will have faster and cheaper broadband packages

Thursday, September 27th 2012 - 18:24 UTC
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The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) have announced a new price control mechanism to regulate the prices of regulated retail services provided by Cable & Wireless South Atlantic under their exclusive licence to the general public and businesses in the Falklands Read full article


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  • briton

    If you ant to be the best,
    You have to have the best,
    Falklands, does exactly what it says on the tin,…

    Argentina has broad band,
    Only theirs are wider and it goes round their waste,…lol.

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 06:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Betty Boop

    Yippee!!!! I actually find the C&W service on broadband and mobiles pretty good (I've used a lot worse in other countries) but any reduction in costs and improvements in service is very welcome!

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 07:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    I want to live in the Falkands!!!

    I want faster broadband too!!! and at a reasonable price!! It's got to be better than virginbloodymedia!!!

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 07:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    true very true,
    we have virgin,

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 07:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anbar

    i wish i got 2mb in rural england!!!!

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 07:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    we have 10mb,
    so they tell us.

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 08:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    6 briton

    Yeah, I heard that as well, but you probably have to read the small print on that one..... It will no doubt say something like “10mb unless the day has a 'Y' in it. If so, you will have to take your chances along with everyone else”

    They may call themselves “Virginmedia” but they will always and forever be “Diamond Cable”

    Lame Joke time:-

    A Billionaire had 3 sons and always wanted to do something special for them. So for Christmas one year he asks his first son “What would you like Father Christmas to bring you this year?”
    His son thinks for a moment and then he says “I've always wanted a train set dad” So his father buys him Virgin Trains.
    He asks his second son the same question and his second son says “I've always wanted a space ship” so his dad buys him NASA.
    Then he asks his third son the same question and his third son says “Dad, I've always wanted a cowboy outfit” So his dad buys him YPF.

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you I'll be here all week!!!!

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 08:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • womble

    Most expensive and slowest internet connection I've found anywhere. Mobile and wifi - licence to print money?
    How will this affect bid from Bahrain?

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 08:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    nice one.

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 08:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    @5 Anbar
    Is it that slow over there?
    Here in provincial Chile I have 20MB broadband.

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 09:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gustbury

    1 briton (#).Why you don't enjoy this news and let argies in peace!?.Are you stupid or boludo!?

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 09:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    is that your last word on the subject.

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 11:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Would a physical network link to Argentina allow cheaper and quicker broadband, if politics allowed? Where is this deal to be hubbed from, St Helena, or the UK, or what?

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 12:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • googer62

    Probably might be but running our national telecomms via a hostile country is absolutely not going to happen.

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 01:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    “The announcement follows lengthy negotiations between FIG and C&W”
    Will that be free services for Mike Summers and his “big heads” friends?

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 03:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • johnfarrel2050

    Please uk, don´t lie anymore!. Everybody knows that in this case doesn´t apply the self determination, because the few islanders (no more than 2,500 to 3,000) which are living there, were implanted by the same country who stole this territory only to try to maintain this usurpation, using this false argument !!. It´s very clear that UK has used the pretext of “self-determination” to legalize this usurpation and to avoid the decolonization.

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 04:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • mollymauk

    @13 - Yes, leaving politics aside, a physical neetwork link to Argentina would allow cheaper and quicker broadband. The service in the Falkland comes in and out by satellite and will continue to do so - that is why it is so comparatively slow and expensive.

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 06:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    My service was 0.22Mb, just updated to fibre optics speed now 28.7Mb, what a difference !but as usual, it is going to cost more.

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 08:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    What has this got to do with Broadband connection ?

    Who is everybody ? Names and details please - preferably with email address.

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 08:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    In Chile I pay about CP$9.000 a week ( about US $18 ) if I buy it by the week ( cheaper by the month ) for Entel wifi via one of those stick thingos ... unlimited time.... unlimited up/ download. Fast enough ....

    That would buy me about 2 hours wifi in FI......... at about 1 UKP for ten minutes.

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 10:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    My Virgin broadband has just been upped to 120 mb/s for free!

    Its supper fast! But I do live in the middle of a city, so that probably helps.

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 10:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    You can see once again the envy of the argie bloggers,

    Nothing but hatred,

    Whilst we use the web,
    They still catch spiders….

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 10:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Shit! now that's what I call cooking on gas!!!
    Who'se your provider? The Phsycic Research Society!!!!!!!

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 11:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @23 - rc

    That should read upped from 50 mb/s to 120 mb/s with no increase in the cost to me (so free). :oD

    However, as always it's with the disclaimer of 'up to 120 mb/s', which obviously depends on how many people are using the tinterweb at the time. But I must say I have noticed a vast improvement in the download speed.

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 12:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gustbury

    22 briton (#) Absolutly you are stupid!!!! what hate!?? we dont hate nobody we just recuperate our land ..Las Malvinas !!

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 01:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    A connection through Patagonia would not help as far as speed goes, all Patagonian broadband is through Telefónica Argentina, which can only provide “up to” 3Mb guaranteed at the moment at a cost of ARS294,60 per month (US$64 at official exchange rate, or US$45 at 7:1).

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 01:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @3, 4, 5, 6. I live in rural England. I use Virgin Media. I've just tested my broadband speed. 19.8Mb/s.
    @11 Why? Argies deserve at least a dozen kicks in the head every day!
    @25 You don't have any land. The Falkland Islands aren't yours (and never will be.) They belong to the Islanders and Britain. The land you stand on isn't yours. You murdered or expelled the real owners! Mostly murdered.

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 03:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    The best I can get, with a following wind, is 3.8mb.
    This is with Talktalk and it costs about £22.50 a month, but includes phone line rental and free calls for up to 1 hour for all except premium rate numbers. Foreign calls are included to 24 countries.
    Until BT upgrade the copper phone lines, this is as fast as I can get.
    A point about your post. Recuperate is incorrect in this case - you mean recover.
    I make no comment on your claim to the Falklands as this has been done to death.

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 05:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    25 gustbury
    if you had a brain, you would be dangerouse,
    as you do not,
    we will not surplant it with a silly reply,

    if that is your last silly comment,
    we can get back to blogging..

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 06:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    @ 16 johnfarrel2050
    This is a good description of Argentina, but simply not true of the Falklands.

    Which, thanks to Argentina raising the Islanders profile, the world can now see.

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 06:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    13 BK

    Why would we agree to link up with Argentina to improve their service?

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 06:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    Your service is better than theirs

    Sep 28th, 2012 - 07:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    Sep 28th, 2012 - 07:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    @25 gustbury,
    You are mis-informed señor.
    This is NOT your land(& you will NEVER get it, either!).
    @16 johnfarrel2050,
    Stop lying, johnny-baby, the Falklands have got nothing to do with your country & its lies.

    Sep 29th, 2012 - 06:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    And so the free world advances,

    And the ancient Argies, devotees, to the lord CFK,
    Slowly move back into the past.

    Dinosaurs anyone


    Sep 29th, 2012 - 06:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • enviroc

    I assume the Falklands links are via a central up-link, at least for Stanley? This will be limited by satellite bandwidth.

    Obviously a fibre to anywhere on the world's fibre network would allow vastly increased capacity. It would then be limited by the copper cable to people's houses - about 10Mbit/s, or a wireless LTE link - about 60Mbit/s. (A single fibre - the minimum - could support this many times over).

    However, a fibre cable over 400km would cost hundreds of millions - so not affordable, unless it was a way stop for a South Africa - South America link.

    It could be speeded up with a cache server in the Falklands. So frequently viewed ites, like this site, or Microsoft updates, are sent only once to the Falkands.

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 03:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “were implanted by the same country ”
    No implants, the vast majority of Falkland Islander descendents came to the islands of their own choice, they weren't placed there by the UK-ie there was no UK penal colony on the Falklands.
    However there were some South American 'transplants' in 1832, sent to the penal colony that went a bit wrong when the soldiers mutined, killed the commander, and raped his wife in front of his children.

    Were the civilians from South America from Vernet's settlement in the late 1820s that chose stay in the Falklands in 1833,also transplants then?

    Oct 01st, 2012 - 10:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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