Antel partners with Alcatel-Lucent for Uruguayan LTE network

14 December 2011 |

Uruguayan service provider Antel has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent to deliver what is claimed to be the first LTE network in a Latin American country.

The service will initially be available in Montevideo and Punta del Este and will be expanded to provide additional coverage in neighbouring regions.

For the project, Alcatel Lucent is providing an end-to-end LTE solution including base stations, IP wireless evolved packet operations and maintenance services. Antel will also be leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s IP portfolio of products for the backhaul of mobile traffic across the region.

“As mobile phone penetration continues to experience very high growth in the region, the delivery of a 4G network will allow Antel to capitalise on this growth by providing their subscribers with a new breed of experiences and capabilities,” said Gabriel Costa, leader of Alcatel-Lucent activities in Uruguay.

Alcatel-Lucent has also announced the establishment of a 100Gbps fibre-optic network linking the Portuguese capital Lisbon and Badajoz in Spain. The link was made in partnership with Portuguese operator Oni Communications and involved upgrading the company’s Lisbon-Badajoz link.

Ilídio Cardoso, Board Member at Oni Communications said: “Taking advantage of Alcatel-Lucent’s leading technology and expertise in 100G, we have been able to demonstrate our position as a key innovator in the Portuguese telecoms market.”