Mobile lines reach 4.59mn at end-Q2

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Uruguay ended the first half of the year with a total of 4.59mn mobile lines, compared to 4.26mn a year ago, according to the latest connectivity report from local telecoms services watchdog Ursec.

A total of 3.26mn lines were prepaid, while the rest are postpaid, the regulator said.

Mobile telephony penetration surpassed 136% at end-June, up from 132% at mid-2010.

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State-run telecoms operator Antel led the mobile market at end-June, with a 46% market share, followed by Movistar with 38% and Claro with 16%.

In the postpaid segment, Antel had a 48% market share, followed by Movistar and Claro with 37% and 15%, respectively.

Meanwhile, fixed lines totaled almost 965,000 at end-Q2, compared to more than 957,000 at end-June 2010. According to Ursec, the country ended the first half with an overall fixed penetration of 28.6%, almost flat compared to the previous year.

Antel has a monopoly in the fixed telephony market.