Uruguay’s state-owned incumbent telco Antel expects deployment of a submarine cable connecting the country with Argentina to begin by mid-2010, BNamericas reports citing local press. By the end of the month the operator plans to begin evaluating possible routes for the cable, which will link the city of Uruguayan city of Maldonado with Las Toninas in Argentina. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Alcatel-Lucent, in consortium with Canadian marine service provider IT Telecom, signed a contract with Antel for the new cable network in September 2009. With an ultimate design capacity of 3.84Tb, the 250km-long submarine cable system will provide Antel and Telecom Argentina with greater capacity, faster connectivity and bandwidth availability to support innovative, IP-based services, while lowering the cost of broadband access in the region. Under the terms of the contract, Alca-Lu will design, manufacture and commission the submarine cable system, based on its dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology and cables. IT Telecom will design the route and perform marine surveys and installation of the submarine cable system.