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Nicaragua Telecommunications 

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4.9 Nicaragua Additional Service Provision Contact List

The telecommunications sector in Nicaragua is fully privatized and is considered one of the most modern in Central America. The telecommunications regulator is the Nicaraguan Institute for Telecommunications and Post (TELCOR). Through TELCOR, the Government of Nicaragua seeks to promote, facilitate and regulate the provision of services that generate communications, acting as regulator of the activity, encouraging and stimulating the participation of individuals and intervene when necessary to ensure the universal access to information.

Nicaragua offers redundant fiber connections High quality via three international submarine cable systems (ARCOS-1, MAYA-1, Energy). Among the largest providers of telecommunications industry in Nicaragua are: Tigo Business, BT, Claro, IBW, Ideay, Telefónica, Yota, among others.

Are available in Nicaragua the following services: • Internet: Fractional DS3 Service until full. • Voice Connect: analog or digital lines. • 4G: WiMAX Technology through fiber optics and wireless (microwave) for Internet and mobile telephony

The Nicaraguan Institute for Telecommunications and Post (TELCOR) is the "Regulator" Services Telecommunications and Postal Services, a state institution, which has the functions of the normación, regulation, technical planning, monitoring, implementation and enforcement Laws and Regulations governing the installation, interconnection, operation and performance of the Services Telecommunications and Postal Services.

The companies involved in the telecommunications sector in Nicaragua are transnational Mexican America Movil, Carlos Slim, the Claro brand, and Telefonica of Spain, it did with its subsidiary Movistar. Also in this country are present Russian state company Rostejnologuii with Yota Mobile WiMAX, and IBW Holding SA, which offer Internet service.

Connecting cables are offered by clear in two modes Basic Cable and Digital Cable, also offers clear house which includes the three services (telephony, internet and cable television) including different prices according to customer satisfaction.

Phone calls through fixed are relatively inexpensive, but the cell phone calls are still quite expensive (U $ 0.20 + vat and outside the network U $ 0.28 + vat.). The fixed telephone network has not reached many rural areas, however, and often in people these areas rely on cell phones.

Internet usage is increasing across the country, with more Nicaraguans who connect to the Internet every year and cyber cafes that allow cheap internet access to large sectors of the population. Connecting cables are offered by clear in two modes Basic Cable and Digital Cable, also offers clear house which includes the three services (telephony, internet and cable television) including different prices according to customer satisfaction. In the rural areas is very common cable television service via satellite antennas for connection.

The two companies that dominate the Nicaraguan market are Claro and Movistar. These companies supply the entire Nicaragua of its various services and products which include: cell, conventional lines, internet, cable television, other. These companies offer their customers a variety of offers and promotions to remain in the company. Cost per minute within the network is US $ 0.20 + vat and outside the network U $ 0.28 + VAT. Both companies offer free messaging services.

In January 2012 YOTA entering the country, the first 4G Internet company in Nicaragua. The cost of the modem is C $ 800.00 vat and combo YOTA, for C $ 2.400 + VAT.

Internet Service Providers

Are the ISP available?


Private or government


Dial-up only (Yes / No)


Leasable bandwidth 'dedicated' Max


Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications (TELCOR) is responsible for regulating all telecommunications services.

A series of laws regarding radio frequencies, operators, service connections and facilities are regulated by TELCOR.

Regulations on the use or importation of:

Regulatory Authority



HF Radio


UHF / VHF radio

(portable base or mobile)


Repeaters UHF / VHF






Procedures for importing:

ICT (Information and Communication Technologies)

 Request for permission to release the Customs ICT equipment must be sent to:

  • TELCOR - DSF (Department of Supervision and Control)
  • Formal letter cc to DTAUO (Management Certification and Care Operators and Users)

To release the Customs ICT equipment, the following documents are required in addition to permit TELCOR:

1. Invoice original equipment purchase

2. Air Way Bill or B / L or waybill.

3. IMRA Report

4. Technical Specifications teams.

Payment of the fee established in administrative procedures according No 3-98

Communication equipment must be licensed with TELECOR.

The licensing procedures mean:

Submit application form Telcor license below along with the documents.

Legal Documentation:

  • Basic Agreement NGO Organization
  • Power to the national representative of the organization

Technical Project Information:

  • Technical capacity of the organization.
  • System topology describes location and interaction in the network.
  • Description of system operation: how the service will be provided.
  • Inventory list of all equipment in the system.
  • The technical specifications of all equipment supplied by manufacturers.
  • Licensing rights processing (TELCOR contact us for more details)
  • One year of payment.

Humanitarian existing telecommunications system

UHF Network in Nicaragua operates through six relay stations, which is intended to cover the strip of Pacific from Rivas, south of Granada, Carazo, Masaya, Managua, Leon and Chinandega.

The whole system is dysfunctional due to age repeaters and lack of maintenance. Most agencies use the satellite phone communications during an emergency are in remote areas.

In the Pacific and all municipalities, both cell and landline carriers are used for regular and emergency communications. Motorola UHF equipment is used for portable radios, bases and repeaters, and HFen case CODAN


Telecommunication systems existing UN






Frequencies VHF





Frequencies HF