Fixed broadband subs rose 23% in 2012, regulator says

26 Apr 2013

Uruguay’s telecoms regulator, Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC), has reported that the country ended December 2012 with 4.995 million mobile subscribers, an increase of 5% from 4.757 million twelve months earlier. Pre-paid subscribers accounted for the majority (3.427 million, 68.6%) of users at end-2012, while the number of post-paid customers climbed from 1.419 million at the end of 2011 to 1.568 million twelve months later. The proportion of contract users continued its upward trend during 2011, reaching 31.4% at the end of the year, compared to 29.8% twelve months earlier and 23% at the end of 2008. According to URSEC, Uruguay ended 2012 with 1.01 million fixed lines in service, an increase of over 31,000 from the 979,923 recorded a year earlier. Residential lines accounted for the lion’s share (81%) of fixed telephony lines at 31 December 2012. The number of fixed broadband subscribers continued to climb in 2012, reaching 580,669 at year-end, up 23% from the 472,876 reported twelve months earlier, with DSL accounting for 97% (563,108) of all fixed broadband accesses. Mobile broadband customers totalled 1.084 million at the end of 2012, compared to 873,400 a year earlier. Meanwhile, pay-TV customers increased from 536,812 at 31 December 2011 to 592,699 twelve months later.

In other news, local newspaper El Observador reports that URSEC has ordered America Movil-owned Claro and Movistar, a unit of Spanish telecoms group Telefonica, to stop offering a telephony service which the regulator says violates the monopoly on fixed line services held by state-owned incumbent Antel. The pair have been given 90 days to stop providing the ‘Telulares’ service.