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Uruguay's Antel claims Latin America's first commercial LTE network

14 декабря 2011

Uruguayan incumbent Antel on Tuesday switched on its LTE network, making it the first operator in Latin America to offer commercial '4G' services, it claims.

Services will launch initially in the capital city Montevideo and the resort of Punta del Este, with coverage extended to other parts of the country over time, the state-owned telco said.

"This deployment represents a significant milestone for the introduction of the most advanced mobile services in Uruguay and South America overall," said Gabriel Costa, Uruguay chief at Alcatel-Lucent, which is supplying Antel with LTE base stations, IP-based core and backhaul network equipment, and maintenance services.

"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 Costa.

Uruguay's government earlier this year designated spectrum in the 2.5-GHz and 700-MHz bands for LTE services, and Antel announced field trials of the technology in May.

The operator's president Carolina Cosse said LTE will enable Antel to "bring very high-speed mobile broadband services into our subscribers' homes and offices".

Elsewhere in the region...

Meanwhile Alcatel-Lucent also announced on Tuesday it has won a contract to upgrade Argentine cableco Cablevision's backbone network from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps, in what the vendor claims will be South America's first 100G-capable cable TV network.

"With Alcatel-Lucent's solution, we are taking a major step towards providing a highly flexible, future-proof network, scaling up to 100G to support current and future bandwidth demands," said Gabriel Carro, head of engineering for Cablevision Argentina, in a statement.

Alcatel-Lucent said the upgraded network will also generate lower operating and maintenance costs, and consume less power.

"Cablevision continues to lead the Argentinean cable TV market with the rapid expansion of its offerings," said Osvaldo Di Campli, who heads Alcatel-Lucent's activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

"Our 100G solution offers unprecedented capacity, bandwidth scalability, and lowest cost-per-bit for optimised total cost of ownership," he claimed.

Источник: Total Telecom

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