According to BNamericas, quoting local newspaper El Espectador, Uruguayan mobile operators see a potential market of 250,000 users for 3G services over the next 18 months. The figure comes from a study by GSM support group 3G Americas and represents 10% of the country’s estimated 2.5 million cellular subscribers. State-run incumbent Antel launched UMTS services in the capital Montevideo at the end of July through its mobile unit Ancel and plans to extend 3G coverage to 95% of Montevideo and all provincial capitals by the end of 2007. Meanwhile, mobile operator Movistar, a unit of Spanish giant Telefónica, launched 3G services in Montevideo, Punta del Este and Colonia at the end of July. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Ancel is the market leader, taking a 44% share at the end of March 2007. Movistar took second place with a 35% share, while América Móvil unit CTI Movil brought up the rear with 21%.