BNamericas reports that Uruguayan state-owned telco Antel has launched an ADSL and mobile broadband package deal, according to company president Edgardo Carvalho, quoted in a government press release. The company will offer two basic plans, both of which allow customers to use ADSL and mobile broadband simultaneously. The first is a limited plan of 20GB a month for both the fixed line and the mobile device, with a speed of up to 1Mbps (downlink) and 128kbps (uplink) at a cost of UYP485 (USD22.11) per month (although as an introductory offer the first four months will only cost UYP292). The second plan is for unlimited ADSL internet use, with the client able to choose the download speed for the ADSL connection, starting at 512kbps. The mobile broadband speed is set at 1Mbps/128kbps. This plan costs UYP588 a month (UYP343 for the first four months). Both plans require a minimum one-year contract, do not include a mobile device, and in both cases mobile broadband use is limited to 3GB a month.
Antel plans to invest USD140 million in its mobile operations arm Ancel over the next twelve months. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Ancel, historically the largest cellular player by subscribers, has seen its share of the market gradually being eroded, falling from 69% at the end of 2003 to 37% by the end of June 2008, when it had just over 1.2 million users. Earlier this year it lost its number one position for the first time to rival Movistar.