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Terri Marlett of NICA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
communication towers Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingInternet is GREAT in Nicaragua provided you go with a reputable provider.  I would avoid Claro and Movistar, both of which provide internet through cellular.  

You want to go with someone like IDEAY, Alfanumeric, etc...  These providers are expensive, but they will give you great service and resolve problems quickly.  We have used both that I mentioned and received great service from both.

We live in a rural area, and we receive a 10MG connection up and down through microwave.  It is 5 times the cost of a similar connection in the US.  This is for a dedicated connection, meaning you don't share your connection with anyone else, so it never gets slow.  A shared connection would be almost the same price as in the US, but there would be slow times when everyone is using it at the same time.

You will see ugly towers like the one in the photo all over Nicaragua.  This is how internet and celluar is distributed throughout the country.
David Smith – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Poster for the movie Bulletproof – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe Internet in Nicaragua is bulletproof.  We have LTE, which I couldn’t find when I was in Canada. There are one or two spots where it might zone out but that happens everywhere in the world.
 
In San Juan del Sur (where I live) and in Managua we have 3G or LTE connections on my phone, on my computer, and it’s no problem at all.  
 
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Daniel Snider of Snider's Realty Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
House on the fairway in Hacienda Iguana Golf Course, Tola, NicaraguaThe Internet in Nicaragua is very comparable to the States. It might be a bit more difficult in the more remote places to get a better signal but as far as me working out of my house in Tola, I have a perfect internet connection where it allows me to send emails, send videos, upload, download; to do whatever I wish.
 
We pay about $60 a month for Internet for a house of three people, bundled with TV and phone.
 
I’m able to stream, talk on Skype, go on Facebook, answer emails, and listen to music. Sometimes, maybe the internet would go out for a few hours but the internet companies that service Hacienda Iguana (the gated community where I live in Tola) are very good at fixing whatever caused the disruption in service.  If there’s a thunderstorm, for example, they are very good at getting everybody online very quickly, especially now with more expats and the resulting higher demand for these services. They are very good at their customer service. 
 
In the past, I wouldn’t have said that the Internet was good here in Nicaragua but now with the growing expat community and a growing demand for high speed, affordable internet there are a couple of options for anybody looking to live down here and wanting to have a good internet connection. I can even walk to the beach and still get an Internet connection. 
 
(House on the fairway in Hacienda Iguana Golf Course, Tola, Nicaragua, pictured.)
Margit Streifeneder of RetirePedia – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Technician installing Internet in Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAccording to the Legatum™ Institute (a research center that compares prosperity across countries), Internet infrastructure, access to personal computers, and bandwidth all have a poor rating in Nicaragua. Access to cell phones, on the other hand, comes in at 112 phones per 100 people. That’s higher than the global average of 106.8!
 
The two largest telecommunications companies in Nicaragua are Claro and Movistar. Movistar’s focus is on cell phones and Internet, whereas Claro offers everything from landline to cable TV. 
 
Another company, Yota, provides mobile Internet access only, via 4G technology. Supposedly their USB modems work really well, but not in every area. You can buy a stick, and test it in your location. If it doesn’t work, you have 5 days to return it and they will refund your money.
 
The cost of a high speed Internet connection is typically higher than what you’d pay in United States or Europe. Claro’s ADSL plans start at $24 per month for 512kbsp and go up to $70 for 10Mbps. Plans for USB Modems from Movistar vary by data usage, from $5 per month (500Mb) to $40 per month (12GB).
 
For fast Internet in your home, Claro is often the best option. That’s because they offer broadband access via ADSL and cable. I've been using Claro for my home office since 2011 and after a rocky start (the line that led from the street into my house had been damaged), their Internet service has been fast and reliable ever since.
 
(Pictured: the Claro technician repairing my telephone line.)
Darrell Bushnell – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Internet speed in Nicaragua is all relative to your area. My internet provider gives me 2 mbps and to us, it is pretty good, but I was in the States recently and my friend had 39 mbps, so I was quite jealous! We are starting to see 4 or 5 mbps Internet packages here in Nicaragua and some even have 10 mbps. The stability of the Internet connection in Nicaragua is also dependent on your location.
Maria Acosta of Title Coordination Services (TCS) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
There are several internet service providers in Nicaragua and between them they have coverage over most of Nicaragua.  The Atlantic coast is where internet service availability may be sporadic or non existent. Otherwise, internet connections are fast and reliable.  It all depends on the service  you choose to contract from the provider. Most internet service providers will offer corporate and residential services.  Among them: Claro, IBW, Ideay, Amnet, Movistar.

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