Antel to replace Ruralcel service

4 Apr 2007

BNamericas, quoting local newspaper La República, reports that Uruguayan state-run incumbent telco Antel is planning to replace its Ruralcel service, which provides telecoms to customers in remote areas not served by the PSTN. Company president Maria Simón said in a statement that Ruralcel currently uses ‘obsolete’ fixed wireless technology to connect subscribers to Antel’s network and that over the next year or two a GSM service would be deployed as a replacement. She also said that the company is looking to get access to WiMAX spectrum, as the only available band in Uruguay is already occupied.

Uruguay, Antel