Saturday, September 18, 2021

Internet & Communications in Uruguay

South AmericaUruguayInternet & Communications in Uruguay

Telephone

Antel, the national landline telephone monopoly, is the only supplier of landline Internet service as well as all public pay phones.

Although Antel pay phones only accept Antel’s proprietary magnetic cards, international calling cards may be used to call home by disconnecting the phone, waiting for a dial tone, then entering the proper access code. However, keep in mind that many public pay phones are in poor condition. If no touch tone is produced for each key, the phone is faulty, and you should try a another one.

The country code for Uruguay is +598. The city of Montevideo and its suburbs have phone numbers that start with a two, whereas the remainder of the nation has phone numbers that start with a four.

Antel also runs a mobile phone network and competes with two commercial firms, Movistar and Claro, in this market. All three companies have a large number of kiosks and shops throughout the nation. The GSM standard is utilized, and frequencies from both Europe (1800 MHz) and North America (1900 MHz) are utilised.

Mail

Correo Uruguay is the Uruguayan postal service. The majority of their post offices are difficult to locate and are only open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; others are only open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays.

Outside of post offices, letterboxes for depositing outgoing mail are constructed of inexpensive blue transparent plastic and are very difficult to locate. Some post offices feature three boxes: one for local mail, one for domestic mail (“interior”), and one for foreign mail (“external”) (“exterior”).

Uruguayan letterboxes are exclusively intended for indoor usage. Keep in mind that Correos licenses numerous businesses, such as pharmacies, as postal agents, and letterboxes may sometimes be located around the premises of such agents as well.

Internet

Antel is the only supplier of fixed wireless Internet service, while Dedicado is the sole provider of landline Internet service. WiFi is available in almost all good hotels, as well as numerous restaurants, cybercafés, and retail centers.

Antel WiFi hotspots are typically only available to Antel landline Internet subscribers, unless you are in a location with free service, such as Carrasco International Airport, in which case a public username and password for free access are prominently displayed and always username: antel password:wifi. Everyone may use dedicated WiFi hotspots for free.