Uruguayan incumbent and monopoly wireline operator Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel) has awarded Swedish vendor Ericsson a contract to carry out a dual core 2G/3G network modernisation for the telco’s cellular subsidiary Ancel. Under the contract, Ericsson will supply, deploy and integrate new network equipment, and also take care of live migration. Completion of the programme is expected by the end of the year. Work will include the installation of Ericsson’s ‘Mobile Softswitch’ software, enabling Ancel to improve network capacity and provide multimedia services while taking the first step towards an all-IP network.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Ancel is Uruguay’s leading cellco, with an estimated 1.1 million subscribers at the end of June 2007, equating to a 41% market share, ahead of rivals Movistar Uruguay (36%) and CTI Movil (23%).