Antel to launch LTE in Punta del Este, eyes 700MHz spectrum

24 Nov 2011

Uruguay’s state-owned incumbent telecoms operator Antel plans to launch Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the resort town of Punta del Este in December, the company’s CEO Carolina Cosse told local newspaper El Observador. The 4G network will initially utilise spectrum in the 1700MHz and 2100MHz bands, but Antel has applied to the government for the authorisation to use 700MHz spectrum, which has a longer range. Antel announced it was conducting trials of LTE technology with equipment supplied by Alcatel-Lucent in April 2011.

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