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Telecommunication in Uruguay

The development of telecommunications in Uruguay is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +598, there were a total of 5.78 million connections in 2020. Among them were 4.55 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 1.04 million webhosts, Uruguay is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 6,677 million of these, or about 1 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 93.63 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Uruguay ranked 31st in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 31.84 Mbit/second was significantly lower (49th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 5th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Uruguay comes 61st with a download speed of 31.25 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was enough for 60th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2022 from 181 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Uruguay from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Uruguay 2004 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerUruguay is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 86% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 31% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the Internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Uruguay
Total
Uruguay
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users2.99 m86.10 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users1.06 m30.62 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines1.22 m35.25 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars4.55 m131.02 %540.56 m120.71 %

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