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Uruguay: The secret of success

At a global level, the South American country ranked 47th among the 175 countries that make up the ITU's "Global Measurement on the Information Society 2016", which is headed by South Korea, Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland, Hong Kong, China, Sweden, the Netherlands and Norway.

As far as the region is concerned, Uruguay is the fifth largest in the Americas, surpassed by the United States, Canada, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Barbados, being the first in Latin America, above Argentina (sixth), Chile (seventh), Costa Rica (eighth) or Brazil (ninth).

According to the report, Uruguay climbed two positions in the ranking with respect to 2015.

Likewise, the country improved in its digital development indicators for the sixth consecutive year.

Among the 11 technological indicators analyzed by the ITU in its report highlights the improvement of Uruguay in "mobile broadband penetration", which increased by 17% from 61% to 78% between 2015 and 2016, according to the statement.

The result achieved by Uruguay in one of the main measurements of the ITU report, the Information and Communication Technologies Development Index (ICT), where it reached 6.8, places it near the average of the developed countries (7 , 4) and above both the world average (4.5) and the American continent (5.1).

The ICT Development Index (IDI) measures technological progress through three types of indicators: access, use and skills, according to a statement from the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining.

The IDI carried out this year by the international body values in its content both the access and the use of digital technologies by the populations of the different countries.