Mobile subscribers rise 7% in 2011, regulator says

18 Apr 2012

Uruguay’s telecoms regulator, Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC), has published its 2011 report on the country’s telecoms market, which states that the number of mobile subscribers rose 7.2% year-on-year to reach 4.757 million as at 31 December 2011. Of that total, pre-paid subscribers accounted for the majority (3.337 million), while the number of post-paid customers stood at 1.419 million, up from 1.215 million twelve months earlier. The proportion of contract users continued its upward trend during 2011, reaching 29.8% at the end of the year, compared to 27.4% twelve months earlier and 23% at the end of 2008. According to URSEC, Uruguay ended 2011 with 979,923 fixed lines in service, an increase of almost 18,000 from the 962,187 recorded at the end of 2010, and corresponding to a teledensity of 29.1% (2010: 28.7%). Residential lines accounted for the lion’s share (81%) of fixed telephony lines at 31 December 2011. The number of fixed broadband subscribers continued to climb in 2011, reaching 472,876 at year-end, up 23% from the 382,948 reported twelve months earlier. DSL accounted for 96% of all fixed broadband accesses at the end of 2011. Meanwhile, pay-TV customers increased from 491,000 at 31 December 2010 to 536,812 twelve months later.

Uruguay, Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (URSEC)