Uruguay’s telecoms regulator, Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC), has reported that the country ended June 2013 with 5.128 million mobile subscribers, an increase of 6.3% from 4.826 million twelve months earlier. Pre-paid subscribers accounted for the majority of users (3.479 million, 67.8%), while the number of post-paid customers climbed from 1.483 million at 30 June 2012 to 1.649 million twelve months later. State-owned Antel remains the market leader with 48% of total mobile subscribers at mid-2013, followed by Telefonica of Spain’s Movistar with 36% and Claro (owned by America Movil) with 16%. URSEC reported that Uruguay ended June 2013 with 1.03 million fixed lines in service (up from 1.01 million a year earlier), with residential lines accounting for the lion’s share (81%) at that date. The number of fixed broadband subscribers reached 652,797 at mid-2013, up 25.8% from the 518,808 reported twelve months earlier, with DSL and FTTx accounting for 97% (635,123) of all fixed broadband accesses. Mobile broadband customers totalled 1.292 million at the end of June 2013, compared to 873,400 a year earlier. Meanwhile, pay-TV customers increased from 561,268 at 30 June 2012 to 620,926 twelve months later.
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