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Internet Providers & Working Remotely in San Juan del Sur

We have been asked many times if working remotely in Nicaragua is a viable option? Is the internet fast enough and reliable enough?

The simple answer is ‘yes’.

The internet is fast enough and reliable enough to work remotely in most places in Nicaragua that expats choose to call home.

Internet Providers & Working Remotely in San Juan del Sur

~ Kharron Reid trying to decide whether to work another hour or partake in happy hour on the beach. We helped Kharron, his wife Jenna and their two children move to San Juan del Sur in 2015. Kharron spent his first year in Nicaragua working remotely for a company in the USA. He has since started his own web design company (see: http://senorcoder.com/). 

In this article we’ll provide a list of the various internet options in San Juan del Sur.

We’ll also cover one very important aspect of working online – staying connected!

WIRED INTERNET

CLARO

  • Only available in the heart of the city
  • 1 Mbps to 5 Mbps download speeds available
  • Upload speeds are typically only 1 Mbps
  • 10 Mbps packages available in some neighborhoods
  • Hard wired DSL or Cable depending on the street you live on
  • 1 Mbps package (including basic cable TV) costs approximately $50 USD per month
  • No bandwidth limits

For more information visit http://www.claro.com.ni/portal/ni/sc/personas/.

COOTEL

  • Only available in the heart of the city
  • Top speeds averaging around 20 Mbps
  • Most contracts require a minimum 2-year commitment
  • Cost is usually over $100 USD per month for the highest speed package
  • No bandwidth limits

For more information visit http://www.cootel.com.ni/servicios/internet-fibra-optica/.

POINT TO POINT INTERNET

WIFINIC, GGNET OR IBW

  • Available anywhere you can get a direct line of site to the communications tower or any of the many repeater stations
  • 1 Mbps to 10 Mbps download speeds available
  • Upload speeds are typically half of the download speeds
  • Point to point service wired to a WiFi router
  • 1 Mbps package costs approximately $50 USD per month
  • No bandwidth limits

For more information visit http://wifinic.net/servicios.html,  https://www.facebook.com/ggnetdatos/ & http://www.ibw.com.ni/.

4G WIRELESS WIFI INTERNET

MOVISTAR & CLARO

  • Available almost everywhere — although some remote areas may only have Movistar or Claro — not both
  • 5 Mbps to 15 Mbps packages available
  • Wireless through a 4G SIM card router
  • Movistar packages start at $20 USD; for just over $60 USD you receive 120 Gigs of bandwidth at a speed of 15 Mbps

CELLULAR INTERNET

MOVISTAR & CLARO

  • Available almost everywhere — although some remote areas may only have Movistar or Claro — but not both
  • 1 Mbps to 15 Mbps speeds can be seen on tests
  • Packages start at under $0.50 USD for 75 Mb of bandwidth for one day
  • For $16 USD you receive 2.5 Gigs of data for 30 days

For more information visit https://www.movistar.com.ni/http://www.claro.com.ni/portal/ni/sc/personas/.

Often more important than speed is reliability. 100% up time is rare for any provider. When working online in Nicaragua it’s important to have a back up plan.

OUR STRATEGY FOR 100% UP TIME

HOME INTERNET

We live just outside of the city center. Wired internet service is not an option for us, so we use a service provider that provides point to point service.

The company that has provided us with the best point to point service is WifiNic.

For $56.35 USD per month we get unlimited bandwidth at a speed of 2 Mbps. This plan works fine for video calls, downloading large files and streaming video.  

BACK UP INTERNET

Occasionally here in San Juan del Sur we experience power outages. Sometimes for as little as 5 or 10 minutes and other times for as long as 8 hours.

If you’re on a point to point system like us no power means no internet. 

During these times we rely on data from our cell phones to create an internet hot spot. This way all of our devices can receive internet.

Our monthly pay as you go package with Movistar currently costs just over $16 USD. It comes with 2.5 Gigs of data. If we happen to run out of bandwidth before our 30 days is up we can buy extra data. A 24-hour 1 Gig package costs less than $2 USD.

SIDE NOTE: It’s important to always keep your phone and computer charged. Otherwise this back up plan won’t be of much use. A UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) is also a great way to extend service with a home ISP or your back up ISP.

BOTTOM LINE

As you can see there is no shortage of internet options available in San Juan del Sur. We know a ton of people who are here working remotely. As long as you have a plan you could too!

Travel light in Nicaragua and still connect to work with your iPad or Android tablet using services from Cloud Desktop Online and Cloud Apps Portal.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 16, 2016. It has since been updated for accuracy & comprehensiveness and republished on February 19, 2018.

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