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gemmaellenfish
1/13/2014 14:50 EST

My partner and I are planning a 6 month trip to South America this year. We will be working remotely for about 20 hours each week and will need internet. I have read that internet in Brazil, Argentina and Chile is pretty reliable, but how about Peru? Will it be difficult for us to work remotely? We will need Skype sometimes but mainly just access to our email and the internet.

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pistachio
1/13/2014 18:08 EST

?just what do you mean remote?
ok,,,, Claro and Movistar are the two main providers of internet service in Peru.
They each offer service in home by either Cable / Claro or Phone Line / Movistar.
This set up is a WiFi modem in a permanent location to which you can have connectivity with your Computer, Smart TV and CellPhone.
1 meg of speed costs about 80 to 90 s/. per month. .No data limit / you use as much as you want 24/7
ok,, next.....
They each offer a plug in modem for your Laptop or computer and is not tied to a location. So,,, it functions like a cell phone / if you have signal --- you have internet.
It will connect only one device. For this you will buy by the data amount.
and finally....
I have traveled around quite a bit here in Peru and there is always to be found a "locutorio" [ public booth ] where you can pay by the hour for the use of a computer connecting to the internet. They will print out what you wish as well. This service is not expensive at all.
Pistachio

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pschles
1/13/2014 18:35 EST

More than six years of experience says that Internet is certainly reliable in Peru for remote sales and more. Video performance is choppy regardless of provider. Latency is an issue with video specifically. It really depends on from where you are planning on connecting and using what kind of services. There are Internet cafes in most cities and some small towns. If you will be located in Lima and want a month to month wireless router service without phone hookup to support multiple devices in a home, then Olo can be recommended. But Olo has a delivery footprint and you need to check if your house is within that footprint. I have used that service for almost a year from San Juan de Lurigancho (Lima). I have also been a customer in the past of Nextel, Claro, Movistar, and Speedy. Claro/Movistar have a wireless dongle that works for a single computer. We had technical and customer service problems with Movistar. I used Nextel wide band with success for years. Speedy is fast, cheap, but good depends on the wiring in your part of the city and how much construction is happening near you. If you are planning on setting up a high speed phone center in the provinces using existing services beyond Lima it is probably not going to happen, though I do know of a successful Skype-based salesman who did B2B appt setting daily and operated from Huanuco.

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tunjio
1/25/2014 21:17 EST

internet in lima was as fast as it needs to be and from time to time it was down but not all day...Here in trujillo area niw its the same....I was in Iquitos in the amazon and the internet there was always painfully slow at any internet cafe i went to..it could be the older machines but i never had older machines go that slow for me in the past..Im talking in iquitos it would take an hour just to open to my web adress and then i would leave because it was taking the same to post my input even as a three word text...i tried daily and out of 2 weeks,i made only 2 painfully long internet post
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