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Telecommunication in Nicaragua

Compared to the European Union, Nicaragua is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +505, there were a total of 6.02 m connections in 2019. Among them were 5.79 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.88 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Nicaragua is back. Around 28% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 3% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 296,068 webhosts, Nicaragua is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 20.77 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Nicaragua ranked 132nd in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 9.8 Mbit/second was significantly lower (142nd place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 18th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Nicaragua comes 99th with a download speed of 20.97 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 12 Mbit was only enough for 82nd place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Februar 2021 from 175 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Nicaragua from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Nicaragua 2000 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019


Spreading in 2019Nicaragua
Total
Nicaragua
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users1.82 m27.86 %382.31 m85.43 %
Broadband users217,618.003.32 %158.30 m35.37 %
Landlines228,782.003.50 %165.48 m36.98 %
Mobile cellulars5.79 m88.43 %542.60 m121.25 %