Uruguayan state-owned national telecoms operator Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel) plans to invest USD1.112 billion in its operations by 2017, around USD727 million of which will be spent on its access network, including the rollout and expansion of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure. La Republica reports that Antel’s fibre-optic network currently passes over 500,000 households, and the company expects that by the end of the year around 250,000 homes will be connected to the infrastructure. The state-owned firm aims to cover all towns with over 3,500 inhabitants with FTTH in 2015. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that China’s ZTE was selected in September 2011 to build Antel’s national FTTH network and the first home was connected to the infrastructure one month later. By the end of 2012 the number of homes passed had risen to around 240,000, with rollout ongoing in parts of Montevideo, Atlantida, Colonia, Fray Bentos, Pando, Rivera, Rocha, Salta and San Jose, among other towns and cities. Services are marketed under the brand ‘Vera’, with plans for residential users ranging in price from UYU690 (USD33.8) per month for the entry-level 20Mbps downstream connection to UYU1,590 for the top-end 120Mbps/12Mbps download/upload plan.