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 5.95 million connections in 2019. Among them were 4.78 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.4 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Uruguay is back. Around 77% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 29% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 1.04 million webhosts, Uruguay is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 55.89 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Uruguay ranked 62nd in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 12.20 Mbit/second was significantly lower (124th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Uruguay comes 59th with a download speed of 35.40 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 14 Mbit was only enough for 50th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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 - 2019

Broadband internet in Uruguay 2004 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019

Spreading in 2019Uruguay
Broadband users1.01 m29.25 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines1.17 m33.66 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars4.78 m138.08 %547.36 m122.31 %