Uruguayan state-owned telecoms operator Antel plans to connect around 80,000 households to its in-deployment fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in the capital Montevideo by the end of the year, BNamericas reports, citing Antel’s convergent services manager Humberto Roca. The executive added that the company expects to reach approximately 200,000 homes with FTTH infrastructure by the end of 2012. The service will initially be aimed at higher-income areas, before eventually being rolled out to the mass market. Roca said that Antel’s investment in its FTTH network, which has been supplied by Chinese equipment vendor ZTE, will exceed USD100 million next year.
With regards to its wireless operations, Roca revealed that Antel had upgraded its mobile network infrastructure to HSDPA+ technology, but is still studying a strategy to launch the service on a commercial basis. Meanwhile, CommsUpdate reported in April 2011 that the operator was conducting trials of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, with equipment supplied by French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent. ‘We are looking at LTE not as an isolated technology but as a complement to our traditional fixed voice segment. What we want is to offer connectivity to our clients via several technologies,’ Roca said. Antel aims to begin rolling out the 4G technology on a commercial basis next year.