Mobile market set to expand

3 Feb 2005

Increased competition and network expansion projects will lead to a 12% increase in mobile phone users in Uruguay in the first six months of 2005, according to Oscar González, president of state-owned operator Antel. According to figures from Antel’s wireless subsidiary Ancel, there were 610,000 subscribers in the country at the end of January, with Ancel itself claiming the biggest share, 396,000, up from 375,000 at the end of September 2004. Ancel’s main rival Movicom, bought by the Telefónica Móviles Group in October 2004, had 172,000 subscribers at end-September. It plans to deploy GSM technology to boost its customer base, whilst third player América Móvil subsidiary CTI Móvil, with just 6,000 subscribers, is planning to expand its coverage later this year.