Nicaragua's Telecommunications Market

From 2009 to date, the local market has grown by 37% to around $700 and $800 million per year, distributed between Claro, Movistar and Yota.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Currently there are 287,618 landlines, 4.8 million cell phone lines and 143,000 Internet connections in the country.

In 2009, Robert Sanson, CEO of Claro Nicaragua said the market turned over about $500 million annually. At that time there were 245 thousand fixed lines, 3.1 million cell phone lines and 102,000 internet connections, this means that growth in the last five years was 37.3%.

Despite this, Nicaragua is still "the most backward country in the region in terms of communication technology, according to the ranking report entitled Global Information Technology 2012 released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Nicaragua ranked 131 of 142 countries around the world ... ", reported

With the exception of Panama and Costa Rica, the region continues to lag behind in terms of connectivity. This is because the infrastructure is expensive and scarce, and there is a weak business climate.

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