Antel held 50% of mobile market at end-June

20 Oct 2014

Uruguay’s telecoms regulator, Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC), has reported that the country ended June 2014 with 5.358 million mobile subscribers, an increase of 4.5% from 5.128 million twelve months earlier. Pre-paid subscribers accounted for the majority of users (3.579 million, 66.8%), while the number of post-paid customers climbed from 1.649 million at mid-2013 to 1.778 million twelve months later. State-owned Antel remains the market leader with 50% of total mobile subscribers at 30 June 2014, followed by Telefonica of Spain’s Movistar with 35% and Claro (owned by America Movil) with 15%. Mobile broadband customers totalled 1.814 million at the end of June 2014, compared to 1.292 million a year earlier.

URSEC reported that Uruguay ended June 2014 with 1.059 million fixed lines in service (up from 1.048 million at the start of the year), with residential lines accounting for the lion’s share (82%) at that date. The number of fixed broadband subscribers reached 795,804 at mid-2014, up 18.0% from the 652,797 reported twelve months earlier, with DSL and FTTx accounting for 98% (779,140) of all fixed broadband accesses. Meanwhile, pay-TV customers increased from 620,926 at 30 June 2013 to 685,591 twelve months later.