Uruguayan state-owned operator Antel has teamed up with Nokia to complete the installation of what they are claiming is ‘the first 5G commercial network in Latin America’. The deployment took place in the Barra de Manantiales area of Maldonado Department, where the first 5G base transceiver stations (BTS) are operational and ready to provide services. The network, which utilises the 28GHz band, supported a 5G call as well as a virtual-reality sports application.
Andres Tolosa, President of Antel, commented: ‘We are very proud to be the first operator in Latin America to set a 5G network into commercial service. This milestone is in line with our strong commitment to the development of the industrial and entertainment sectors as well as a great impulse to application development.’