The 4G LTE network of Uruguay’s national telecoms operator Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel) is available across 78% of the capital Montevideo and 99% of Punta del Este, according to the company’s president Carolina Cosse, as reported by El Espectador. LTE services cover more than 70% of each departmental capital, while Antel’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure passes more than 720,000 households, of which around 275,000 are connected to the network. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the state-owned operator launched Uruguay’s first commercial LTE network in December 2011. The 4G service is known as ‘Vera’ and offers maximum down/upload speeds of up to 20Mbps/2Mbps. Earlier this month Claro, a unit of Mexican telecoms giant America Movil, announced the commercial launch of its own LTE offering in Montevideo. Alcatel-Lucent supplied Claro’s 4G network, which will be gradually expanded across the capital and to other cities this year.