Nicaragua Needs More and Better Internet

Improving infrastructure and increasing competition from internet providers not only helps increase coverage and improve the service but also reduces its cost.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The fact that Nicaragua is the most expensive Central American country in terms of connecting to the internet means there is a need not only to improve basic infrastructure, but also to increase competition, thereby improving prices and services provided. 

Hjalmar Ayestas Toruno, president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Internet and Telecommunications (Canitel), "... considers that the cost of internet in the region is a matter of capillarity, in that the greater amount of customers and greater competition in the sector there is, the more opportunities there will be to have a cheaper service, and possibly a higher quality. " reports that "...The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) revealed in 2014 that in Nicaragua the price of fixed broadband reached an average of $15.6, the highest price out of all of the countries of the region, followed by Honduras, with $12, and Guatemala with $7.8. The lowest prices are still in Costa Rica, $2 and El Salvador with $6. "

See " Nicaragua: $40 million for Broadband Network "

"... The president of Canitel says in coverage Nicaragua is in the process of improving, because it has managed to set up 15,000 kilometers of fiber optics nationwide. "Progress has been made, but more progress is needed; fiber optics is important for the country because it is what allows us to bring internet services to communities across the country," said Ayestas."

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