|Wifi in Andalucia, pronounced "wee-fee"|
Computers in Andalucia
The influx of foreign residents to Andalucia has created a large demand for a variety of high tech services that make it possible to either keep in touch with friends and family back home or even to run a business in another country from the comfort of sunny, southern Spain. Computers and networks with the help of ADSL connections make this possible today. And to meet the demands created a number of computer companies, big and small, have mushroomed in this region - especially along the coastal areas. Some have been around a relatively long time while others have set up recently with new ideas.
Smaller companies advertise in Sur in English and - if you want computer help on a small scale - tend to be less expensive as they work on an hourly rate because they don't carry such large overheads. However, larger companies can provide better back up and are able to obtain hardware at less expensive prices.
Obviously now many companies specialize in networks that either connect computers in one office together or connect different offices together. The latter is a common scenario in this region because there are many small businesses that have grown to the point where they have two or more offices giving a need to connect the offices together to share data.
The normal solution to this nowadays is not to have a leased telephone line between the two offices but instead to equip each office with an ADSL connection (DSL) and connect it with specialist systems called VPN - Virtual Private Networks. Some companies like BT offer VPN over their network rather than the public Internet.
ADSL is available in most locations as long as the distance to the telephone exchange doesn't exceed about five kilometers. Another concept becoming popular is called terminal server where all the office data is stored in a remote location or the application programs are run from a remote location.