AVAILABLE SERVICES IN URUGUAY

Uruguay is one of the politically most stable countries in Latin America. It is relatively free from corruption and its government has been supportive of business and foreign investment. Transparent regulations, growing domestic consumption, high living standards, and a cheap labour force are expected to continue drawing international capital.

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Uruguay had an internet penetration rate of 88% by the end of 2018. With high literacy rates and widespread computer availability, it is one of the world’s leading software exporters and South America’s outsourcing hub. The incumbent’s FttP program is by far the most ambitious broadband effort in Latin America, and LTE network continues to be expanded across the country, complementing the FttP service. Most modern facilities are concentrated in Montevideo. The overall fixed-line 34 per 100 and mobile-cellular teledensity 153 per 100 persons (2018)

TELECOMS MARKET

Uruguay is one of the very few Latin American countries where the local fixed-line market is neither privatised nor liberalised. Antel has a monopoly in the provision of local telephony and fixed broadband services. Other segments of the telecom market have been opened to competition, including international long-distance telephony, mobile telephony, and fixed-wireless broadband. The country also enjoys one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Latin America, and the second highest fixed-line teledensity rate in the continent. The mobile market is dominated by Antel, with Telefónica’s Movistar as second-placed operators and América Móvil’s Claro a distant third. All three operators offer mobile broadband through 3G and LTE networks. Mobile broadband is the fastest growing telecom sector by far. The Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (Regulatory Unit of Communication Services) is the agency responsible for the regulation of the telecom sector in Uruguay.

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Uruguay has a free market economy characterized by an export-oriented agricultural sector, a well-educated workforce, and high levels of social spending.  Following financial difficulties in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Uruguay’s economic growth averaged 8% annually during the 2004-08 period. The 2008-09 global financial crisis put a brake on Uruguay’s vigorous growth, but the country avoided a recession and kept growth rates positive, mainly through higher public expenditure and investment; GDP growth reached 8.9% in 2010 but slowed markedly in the 2012-16 period as a result of a renewed slowdown in the global economy and in Uruguay’s main trade partners and Mercosur counterparts, Argentina and Brazil. Reforms in those countries should give Uruguay an economic boost. Growth picked up in 2017.

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INCUMBENT OPERATOR

Uruguay is one of the very few Latin American countries where the local fixed-line market and fixed Internet broadband are neither privatised nor liberalised. Antel, the state-owned incumbent, has a monopoly in the provision of local telephony and broadband services for fixed lines. Other segments of the telecom market have nevertheless been opened to competition, including international long-distance telephony, mobile telephony, and fixed-wireless broadband. Antel has made a strong commitment to universal access to broadband by deploying a nationwide fiber optic network, and it is the first company in Latin America to provide its customers with LTE technology.

DATACENTERS IN URUGUAY

SDELS
Servidores del Sur
Avda Francia y Biarritz Casino Tower
20100 Punta del Este

Latechco AP
Latechco
Paraguay 2141
11800 Montevideo

Latechco Torre 4
Latechco
Dr. Luis Bonavita 1266
11300 Montevideo

Latechco WTC FZ
Latechco
Dr. Luis Bonavita 1294
11300 Montevideo

Zonamerica DC1
Zonamerica
Ruta 8 Km 17.500 – Building 100
91600 Montevideo

Jacksonville
Jacksonville
Ruta 8 Km 17
12200 Montevideo

Data Center Pocitos TIER III
ANTEL
Masini 3012
11800 Pocitos

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