According 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.)