Uruguay’s state-owned incumbent telecoms operator Antel has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent to launch a Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband network, claimed to be the first commercial LTE network in South America. The 4G infrastructure has been designed and built based on Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end LTE solution, enabling Antel’s subscribers to enjoy advanced wireless services, such as High-Definition (HD) video, high speed data, videoconferencing, online gaming and other applications. Services will initially be available in the capital Montevideo and the resort town of Punta del Este, but will be expanded to other parts of the country in the future. ‘This deployment represents a significant milestone for the introduction of the most advanced mobile services in Uruguay and in South America overall,’ commented Gabriel Costa, leader of Alcatel-Lucent activities in Uruguay, adding: ‘As mobile phone penetration continues to experience very high growth in the region, the delivery of a 4G network will allow Antel to capitalise on this growth by providing their subscribers with a new breed of experiences and capabilities.’ Alcatel-Lucent will provide Antel with a complete, end-to-end 4G solution, including LTE base stations (eNodeBs), the IP wireless Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and operations and maintenance services. Antel will also be leveraging the vendor’s IP portfolio of products for backhaul of the mobile traffic.