Telecommunication in UruguayThe development of telecommunications in Uruguay is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +598, there were a total of 5.93 million connections in 2021. Among them were 4.69 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 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 of these, or about 1 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.
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Development of telephone and internet connectionsWith an average download speed of 94.69 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Uruguay ranks 31st in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 31.90 Mbit/second was significantly lower (59th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Uruguay comes 59th with a download speed of 35.68 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was only enough for 64th place.
The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 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 percent 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 - 2021Uruguay is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 86 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 32 percent 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 - 2021
Mobile phones 1990 - 2021
|Distribution in 2021||Uruguay|
|Broadband users||1.11 m||32.26 %||127.03 m||38.27 %|
|Landlines||1.24 m||36.06 %||97.11 m||29.26 %|
|Mobile cellulars||4.69 m||136.92 %||361.62 m||108.96 %|