Saturday, January 7, 2012

First Commercial 4G/LTE Wireless Network in a Latin American Country

PARIS and MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Antel, a leading provider of communications services in Uruguay, and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) are now making the promise of high-speed mobile broadband a reality in Uruguay by delivering the first commercial 4G/LTE wireless network in a Latin American country.  The network has been designed and built based on Alcatel-Lucent's complete, end-to-end LTE solution. Antel's subscribers will enjoy the most advanced mobile phone services such as, HD video, high-speed navigation, high quality videoconferencing, online gaming and other applications. LTE Services will initially be available in Montevideo and Punta del Este, and will evolve to provide additional coverage.

"Alcatel-Lucent's combination of global experience and LTE track record, allow us to bring very high speed mobile broadband services into our subscribers' homes and offices, unlocking a wealth of services to enrich their mobile broadband experience," said Carolina Cosse, Antel's president.

"This deployment represents a significant milestone for the introduction of the most advanced mobile services in Uruguay and in South America overall.  As mobile phone penetration continues to experience very high growth in the region, the delivery of a 4G network will allow Antel to capitalize on this growth by providing their subscribers with a new breed of experiences and capabilities," said Gabriel Costa, leader of Alcatel-Lucent activities in Uruguay.

For this project Alcatel-Lucent will provide Antel with a complete, end-to-end 4G LTE solution – including LTE base stations (eNodeBs), the IP wireless Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Operations and Maintenance services. Antel will also be leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's IP portfolio of products for backhaul of the mobile traffic.

The Alcatel-Lucent solution also provides a future evolution path to the company's breakthrough lightRadio™ product family that will dramatically reduce operating costs, technical complexity and power consumption in mobile broadband networks. Designed to meet the long-term needs of mobile operators seeking to ensure their networks can handle increasing traffic loads, lightRadio radically shrinks and simplifies today's base stations, promising greener, simpler, lighter networks.

Alcatel-Lucent has established a strong global leadership position in 4G LTE having been selected by 18 customers, including two of the world's largest service providers for commercial deployments, and being involved in over 70 trials worldwide.

Please visit our website to learn more about our 4G LTE solution.


Antel is a state owned company, leader in the Uruguayan telecommunications market. The company provides fixed and mobile services including voice, data and Internet access. Antel also counts within their group three subsidiaries: ITC S.A for consultancy services, HG to provide value added IT solutions and ACCESA for contact center solutions to the Uruguayan and international markets. For more information, visit Antel on the Internet:

About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost centres of research and innovation in communications technology.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach.

The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on:, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow the Company on Twitter:

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