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Communications in Uruguay


Telecommunications in Uruguay are more developed than in most other Latin American countries, being the first country in the Americas to achieve complete digital telephony coverage in 1997. The telephone system is government-owned, completely digitalised and has very good coverage over all the country. The mobile phone market is shared by the state-owned Antel and two private companies, Movistar and Claro. In 2012, there were an estimated 1.01 million mainline telephones and approximately 5 million mobile phones in use.

Uruguay has a mixture of privately owned and state-run broadcast media; more than 100 commercial radio stations and about 20 TV channels. Cable TV is readily available. In 2003 there were 603 radios and about 530 television sets for every 1,000 people.

Most of Uruguay's landmass is too far away from cities to have wired internet access. For customers in these rural and low density suburban areas, fixed wireless ISPs provide a service. Wireless Internet service has also provided city internet users with some degree of choice in a country where private companies have not been allowed to offer wired alternatives to the state-operated ADSL service. In 2003, there were 110.1 personal computers for every 1,000 people and 119 of every 1,000 people had access to the internet.


Telephones - main lines in use : 1.01 million (2012)
Telephones - mobile cellular : 5 million (2012)
Telephone system : general assessment: fully digitalised

domestic: most modern facilities concentrated in Montevideo; nationwide microwave radio relay network; overall fixed-line and mobile-cellular teledensity has reached 170 telephones per 100 persons

international: country code - 598; the UNISOR submarine cable system provides direct connectivity to Brazil and Argentina; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2011)
Broadcast media : mixture of privately owned and state-run broadcast media; more than 100 commercial radio stations and about 20 TV channels; cable TV is available; many community radio and TV stations; adopted the hybrid Japanese/Brazilian HDTV standard (ISDB-T) in December 2010 (2010)
Internet country code : .uy
Internet hosts : 1.036 million (2012)
Internet users : 1.405 million (2009)






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