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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 5.95 m connections in 2019. Among them were 4.78 m 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 m 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 57.40 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Uruguay ranked 69th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 11.84 Mbit/second was significantly lower (131st place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Uruguay comes 72nd with a download speed of 33.58 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 13 Mbit was only enough for 66th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 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
Total
Uruguay
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users2.66 m76.95 %382.04 m85.43 %
Broadband users1.01 m29.25 %158.30 m35.40 %
Landlines1.17 m33.66 %165.48 m37.00 %
Mobile cellulars4.78 m138.08 %542.60 m121.33 %