|This article relies on references to primary sources. (February 2012)|
|Industry||Online service provider|
|Headquarters||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Key people||Luiz Frias, (Chairman & CEO)|
|Revenue||US$ 488.9 million (2010)|
|Net income||US$ 58.2 million (2010)|
UOL once known as Universo Online, is a Brazilian online service provider and internet service provider. It is the leader in Latin America and the homepage portal is the biggest in the Portuguese-speaking world.
UOL started operations in April 1996 as a content and services portal owened by Grupo Folha. By the end of that year it became a joint venture with Grupo Abril (no longer a partner in the company). UOL has cemented its leadership with the biggest Brazilian publications: Revista Veja and Folha de S. Paulo.
In 1997, it created TV UOL, an online TV, that today can be used to upload and share videos. Today it is the biggest website in Portuguese to share videos, with over 1 million videos uploaded and over 1,000 new videos per day.
UOL competes with other large communication groups for Brazil's internet audience: Organizações Globo (owner of the nation's top-rated television network) with Globo.com, Telefónica-owned Terra and Oi's iG, iBest, BrTurbo and Oi Internet.
UOL is ranked among the top 100 most visited websites, according to Alexa (as of December 2011 its position was #79). UOL provides local Internet access in more than 3,000 cities throughout Brazil and 14,000 cities abroad. The Company has approximately 1.3 million content paying broadband subscribers as of July 2009. Since September 1999, UOL has also operated a portal in Argentina, incorporating a local Internet Service provider in 2001. According to IBOPE//NetRatings, UOL had 17.6 million unique visitors in Brazil as of July 2009, maintaining its ranking position of the first among the largest content portals in Brazil and accounting for a 63% reach in this market.
UOL launched a variety of products in the last few years, as a price comparison service (Shopping UOL), auction site (TodaOferta), job search (Emprego Certo) among others.
On December 16, 2005, UOL started to being traded at BM&F Bovespa, but io August 31, 2011, its parent Folhapar assumed 100% control of the company, closing its capital on the stock exchange. Its stock was UOLL4.
In 2011, UolKut closed. Then every photo, video, song, and text of the old social website was placed into the new page MaisUol (link on external links: The "Multimedia sharing page").
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