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Uruguay: Mobile lines total 3.2mn at end-Nov

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Uruguay added 1.43mn mobile lines in the first eleven months of 2007 to total 3.2mn, local newspaper El Pa s reported.

At the end of 2006, the country had 2.05mn mobile lines.

At the end of November, Ancel, the mobile unit of state-owned telco Antel, had 1.25mn subscribers, Telefnica unit Movistar Uruguay had 1.2mn subscribers while CTI Mvil, a unit of Mexican giant Amrica Mvil, had almost 746,000.

Carlos Blanco, analyst with Signals Telecom Consulting, said 2007 was the first year in which mobile telephony contributed more revenues than fixed, adding that mobile operators were now challenging Antel's dominance of broadband services.

According to Blanco, the mobile operators offer similar broadband speeds and rates with 3G as Antel does with ADSL but they have the added advantage that their service is available on mobile devices.

In December, local telecoms regulator Ursec gave additional numbering to operators Movistar and CTI Mvil.

Signals Telecom Consulting has predicted Uruguay will end 2007 with a mobile penetration rate of 76.5%, which is likely to grow to 100% by 2011.

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