Uruguayan state-owned telecoms operator Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (ANTEL) has awarded ZTE Corporation a contract for the third phase of its Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) capacity expansion. As part of the project, the Chinese vendor will provide a future-proof ZXA10 C300 optical access platform to fully meet Antel’s current demands for broadband services. Once the phase three capacity expansion is complete, the GPON network will cover 800,000 households across Uruguay, up from the current 540,000. It will provide households and enterprises with fibre-to-the-home/building (FTTH/B) services, including high speed broadband and IPTV, as well as mobile backhaul services, helping to increase broadband penetration in Uruguay. ‘We’re very glad to have a lasting partnership with Antel,’ commented ZTE vice president Jiang Xiangyang, adding: ‘This project has deepened our relationship and put us one step closer to our vision of an optical age in Uruguay.’
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.