Antel Continues Expansion of 5G Network to More Areas

Antel, Uruguay's state-owned telecoms operator, spearheads the nationwide deployment of 5G services, empowering over 320,000 users with high-speed connectivity.


  • Over 100 sites go live in key cities, with gradual expansion to multiple regions.
  • 320,000 Uruguayans enjoy 5G connectivity by July.
  • Antel launches 5G network commercially, becoming Uruguay's first telco to provide 5G services.

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Uruguay’s Antel Continues Expansion of 5G Rollout

Uruguay's state-owned telecoms operator, Antel, has significantly expanded its 5G network coverage since commercially launching the service at the end of June 2023. TelecomTalk reported that Antel became the first service provider to offer 5G services in Uruguay. As of July, there are already 320,000 Uruguayans who can connect to 5G, according to the telco.

Also Read: Antel Launches 5G Services in Uruguay

Antel 5G Launch

At the time of the 5G launch, around 100 sites operating in the 3.5 GHz band went live in the cities of Colonia, Canelones, Maldonado, Punta del Este, and parts of Montevideo. Antel has been gradually launching 5G services across different cities since the inception of its 5G services in late June.

Antel 5G Expansion

In recent weeks, Antel has expanded 5G coverage to cities, including Paysandu on July 06, Fray Bentos, Young, Rio Negro department on July 07, Artigas on July 13, Salto on July 14, Rocha on July 17, Florida on July 21, Rivera on July 28, Treinta y Tres on July 31 and Melo on August 01.

The 5G network is steadily being launched in each of the country's 19 departmental capitals. Customers within coverage areas and with a 5G-compatible device will be able to trial the service for 30 days for free.

Also Read: Ericsson Expands Global 5G Equipment Manufacturing to Malaysia

Antel has stated that it has invested about 4 million dollars in the last three years to reach Melo with 5G. By the end of the year, Antel said it will have 200 places with 5G Technology. The Uruguayan state telco will invest in 5G this year to connect 200 localities, while continuing to invest in 4G.

Anatel Fiber Rollout

Antel is replacing copper with fibre optics in several localities. As part of the same effort, Antel has revealed that it is accelerating the deployment of its fibre-optic broadband network to locations, including Florida, Rocha, Canelones, and Durazno. Antel announced that before the end of 2023 the deployment of fibre in Acegua and Noblia will be completed.

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