Ancel, the Uruguayan mobile arm of Antel, has posted a subscriber base of 1.5 million. Ancel is reportedly diminishing the gap between itself and rival Claro Uruguay, which had 1.459 million wireless subscribers at 31 March 2009.
Ancel had launched its GSM network offering in Montevideo in April’04 and upgraded EDGE network initiated in October’04. Ancel had first trialled its 3G services in September’05 and had a nationwide coverage by 2008. The operator had launched its 3.5G services first in 2007.
The Uruguayan operator intends to invest USD81 million in 2009 for its GSM and 3G coverage expansion.
Source: Wireless Federation.