Uruguayan state-owned telecoms operator Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel) plans to expand its LTE network to cover all of the capital Montevideo and other regions of the country, local newspaper El Pais cites the company’s president Carolina Cosse as saying. Antel also aims to double the number of homes connected to its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure to 500,000 by the end of 2013. China’s ZTE was selected in September 2011 to build Antel’s national gigabit passive optical network (GPON), which is capable of delivering headline speeds of up to 100Mbps, notes TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. The first home was connected to the infrastructure one month later, and by the end of 2012 the number of connected households had risen to around 240,000. Rollout is ongoing in parts of Montevideo, Atlantida, Colonia, Fray Bentos, Pando, Rivera, Rocha, Salta and San Jose, among towns and cities.