Recently published research from BuddeComm, "Uruguay - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media - Insights and Statistics", is now available at Fast Market Research
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BuddeComm's report Uruguay - Telecoms IP Networks and Digital Media - Insights and Statistics provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the country's telecommunications market, including the regulator's market data for 2013, telcos' financial and operating data, developments in the pay TV sector, and recent market developments. It also provides forecasts and analysis on the market for coming years.
Uruguay's GDP per capita was one of the highest performing in the region during 2010 and 2011. It has since slowed to a more moderate 3.5%, a level expected to continue into 2015. The country is among the more politically stable in Latin America, is relatively free from corruption and is not prone to the natural disasters which affect other countries in the region, particularly in the Caribbean. The government has been supportive of business, and has pursued prudent macroeconomic policies which have been sympathetic to 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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Bar a few Caribbean islands, Uruguay enjoys the highest broadband penetration in Latin America, the second highest fixed-line teledensity after Costa Rica, and the second highest mobile penetration after Panama. With high literacy rates and widespread computer availability, Uruguay is one of the world's leading software exporters and South America's outsourcing hub. In terms of computer penetration, Uruguay tops all other countries in the region by a considerable margin.
Uruguay is one of the very few Latin American countries where the local fixed-line market is neither privatised nor liberalised. Antel, the state-owned incumbent, 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.
Uruguay is also one of the few countries in the world where broadband access via cable modem does not exist. Although cable networks are well equipped technologically, and digital cable TV is widely available, telecom law prohibits data transmission over pay TV networks. There are ongoing discussions over the need to change regulations and permit cable TV providers to offer broadband. Cable broadband would help strengthen the pay TV market, make triple-play solutions more widely available, and give customers the freedom to choose their internet provider.
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