Over 270,000 households are connected to the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network of Uruguayan national telecoms operator Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel), the state-owned company has revealed. In total, around 717,000 homes are passed by Antel’s fibre-optic infrastructure, which stretches 13,000km, and the firm aims to cover all towns with over 3,500 inhabitants with FTTH in 2015. Last year the company said it will invest USD1.112 billion in its operations by 2017, around USD727 million of which will be spent on its access network, including the rollout and expansion of its FTTH infrastructure.
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. 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.