Telecommunications

The state of the telecommunications market in Uruguay

Revenues from data and internet services in Uruguay totaled 9.68 billion pesos ($217 million) in 1H21, compared to 9.27 billion pesos in the second half of 2020 and 7.96 billion in 1H20, according to the latest report from regulator Ursec.

Data market revenues have been growing since 2018.

In contrast, mobile phone revenues were 10.9 billion pesos in 1H21, flat year-on-year, and lower than 11 billion pesos in 2H20.

Fixed telephony revenues also remained almost stable at 2.55 billion pesos.

Meanwhile, pay-TV revenue jumped about 200 million pesos from the previous half to 5.83 billion pesos.

THE SUBSCRIBERS

The number of fixed broadband subscribers reached 1.08 million, while 1.2 million fixed lines were in service.

The public company Antel is the main operator in the fixed broadband and fixed telephony market. The company is investing in increasing fiber optic coverage and rural connectivity.

In total, Ursec recorded 5.68 million subscribers, compared to 5.4 million at the end of 2020.

Around 81% of mobile subscriptions corresponded to mobile telephone services, 5.43% to mobile Internet only and 13.5% to machine-to-machine (M2M) connections.

In the mobile market, 49.6% was prepaid and 50.4% postpaid.

Antel increased its market share from 51% to 53.1%, taking shares from both Claro and Movistar. The subsidiary Telefónica reached a share of 29% and Claro 17.8%. Uruguay is about to implement mobile number portability.

The regulator recorded 637,196 accesses to pay television.

FIBER

In total, 11,980 km of optical fiber have been installed, including more than 2,000 km in the department of Montevideo.

Around 70.5% of fixed telephony and 79.3% of fixed broadband services connected via fiber optic networks.

In the business broadband market, 53.7% of connections correspond to fiber and 34.9% to LMDS. Traditional copper cable accounted for 4% and other technologies the rest.