Uruguay leads connectivity within Latin America


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 07 October 2015

Uruguay, closely followed by Argentina, shows the highest Internet penetration and best access to computers among the Latin American territories, thus opening growth opportunities for over-the-top (OTT) players.

According to a report from Argentina's INDEC, nearly 65% of Uruguayan homes and 61% of Argentinean homes are connected to the Internet. The figures are way above the figures of leading Latin American countries such as Brazil (43%) and Mexico (35%).

In addition, as has been indicated several times in the last few years, the quality of broadband is the best in the region, with average download speeds of over 10Mbps, thanks to a strong fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

The report noted the same trend regarding computer penetration, as 70% of urban homes have a computer in Uruguay, and 67% own one in Argentina. Penetration rates are under 50% in both Brazil and Mexico.

"In Argentina, not only there are more homes with access to computers and the Internet, but the gap between both technologies has been reduced," said the INDEC report.

It was also revealed that traditional TV is the most used media technology in Argentina, as nearly 98% homes have at least one television, followed by regular mobile phones and smartphones, which are found in almost 90% of homes.