Antel to offer ‘double-play’

6 Jun 2007

BNamericas, quoting local newpaper El Pais, reports that Uruguayan incumbent Antel is planning to package its domestic fixed line service with internet access and international long distance telephony. The news comes after the announcement last Friday that Antel would cut the cost of domestic long distance calling rates to that of a local call, in return for a government approved reduction in pension payments for the company. The company is seeking ways to counter its falling fixed line revenue. Despite being the sole fixed line provider in Uruguay, it saw a 3% drop in the number of fixed lines during 2006. Vice President Edgardo Carvalho said that Antel currently has 990,000 fixed lines in operation and its mobile unit Ancel has 1.09 million subscribers. Ancel competes with Movistar, a unit of Spanish telco Telefónica, and CTI Móvil, owned by Mexico’s América Móvil. ‘Since mobile telephony started to grow in the country, growth in the fixed line segment has slowed down and in some quarters has even seen a slight decline. This is why Antel is looking to strengthen the fixed line service by adding broadband services,’ said local telecoms consultant Carlos Blanco.

Uruguay, Ancel, Antel