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Uruguay’s Telecoms, Mobile & Broadband Markets 2018-2023 - Antel Leads the Competition, Followed by Movistar -

June 18, 2019 GMT

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 18, 2019--

The “Uruguay - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses” report has been added to’s offering.

Uruguay enjoys one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Latin America, and the second highest fixed-line teledensity rate after Costa Rica. Mobile penetration is the second highest after Panama. In terms of computer penetration, Uruguay tops all other countries in the region by a considerable margin, and this has facilitated growth in fixed-line broadband adoption.


The country has a strong focus on fibre infrastructure, which accounts for about 70% of residential fixed-broadband connections and almost all business connections. With an investment projected to reach $800 million, the state-owned incumbent Antel expected to provide national FttP coverage by early 2022. Together with the FttP network, the opening the submarine cable system (Bicentenario) in early 2012 and the Tannat cable in August 2017 have helped boost Uruguay’s internet bandwidth, and the data rate available to end-users.

Uruguay is one of the very few Latin American countries where the local fixed-line market is neither privatised nor liberalised. Antel has a monopoly in the provision of local telephony and fixed broadband services. Other segments of the telecom market have been opened to competition, including international long-distance telephony, mobile telephony, and fixed-wireless broadband.

Uruguay is also one of the few countries in the world where broadband access via cable modem does not exist. Although cable networks are well equipped technologically, and digital cable TV is widely available, telecom legislation prohibits data transmission over pay TV networks. There are ongoing discussions over the need to change regulations and permit cable TV providers to offer broadband services.

The mobile market is dominated by Antel, with Telefonica’s Movistar as second-placed operators and America Movil’s Claro a distant third. All three operators offer mobile broadband through 3G and LTE networks. Mobile broadband is the fastest growing telecom sector by far. Operators have achieved nationwide 3G coverage, which has attracted a growing number of subscribers outside of Montevideo.

The number of mobile broadband subscribers continues to grow strongly. Antel has been at the forefront with LTE services, though the auction of multi-band spectrum in August 2017 has also enabled Movistar and Claro to widen the reach of their LTE offers. In April 2019 Antel launched a commercial 5G network, though limited in reach.


Key Developments

  • Antel and vendor partner Nokia open a commercial 5G network;
  • Mobile network operators call on the government to introduce number portability;
  • Government planning mid-2019 auction of 5G-suitable spectrum in the 600MHz and 2.5GHz ranges;
  • Telefnica and Claro secure 700MHz spectrum at auction;
  • Antel investing $800 million to provide national FttP coverage by early 2022;
  • International bandwidth increased to 258Gb/s;
  • Report includes the regulators market data to June 2018, telcos operating and financial data to Q1 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies Mentioned

  • Antel
  • Claro Uruguay
  • Movistar Uruguay
  • Dedicado

Topics Covered

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 Telecommunications market

3.1 Historical overview

3.2 Market analysis

4 Regional Latin America Market Comparison

4.1 Telecom Maturity Index by tier

4.2 TMI versus GDP

4.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

4.4 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

5 Regulatory environment

5.1 Regulatory authority

5.2 Government policies

6 Fixed network operators

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Antel

7 Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 Overview of the national telecom network

7.2 International infrastructure

7.3 Infrastructure developments

7.4 Wholesale

8 Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Market analysis

8.2 Broadband statistics

9 Mobile market

9.1 Market analysis

9.2 Mobile statistics

9.3 Mobile data

9.4 Mobile broadband

9.5 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

9.6 Regulatory issues

9.7 Mobile infrastructure

9.8 Major mobile operators

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