|Founded||1974 (spun off from UTE)|
|Founder||Juan María Bordaberry|
|Carolina Cosse (President)|
|Revenue||U$S 0.9 billion (FY2011)|
|Owner||Government of Uruguay|
|Divisions||Antel Moviles, Antel Datos e Internet|
|Slogan||The Uruguayans' communication company (La empresa de comunicación de los uruguayos)|
ANTEL (Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones; Spanish: National Administration of Telecommunications) is Uruguay's government-owned telecommunications company, founded in 1974 as a separate legal entity after spinning off the telecommunications division of UTE, which had the monopoly of landline telephony since 1931. The company has a monopoly of landline telephony and data services in the country. They also provide mobile phone services (in direct competition with Claro and Movistar) and Internet-related services, being the only provider of ADSL and land-line data services because of the monopoly situation.
In 1992, under the presidency of Luis Alberto Lacalle, a privatization of all government-owned companies was attempted. However, a later referendum revoked the privatizations law, being Pluna the only company to be successfully privatized to Varig. Antel enjoys a monopoly on land lines in Uruguay.
As of 2008 ANTEL's monopoly status also forbids cable operators even in larger cities, such as Montevideo, to provide data services (Internet) or voice services along with their cable service.
Antel started deploying fiber to the home in Montevideo in 2012, aiming to switch 240,000 clients that year with a cost of US$ 180 million. Previous DSL subscribers keep their contract, or may switch to faster Internet Vera plans: 120/4 Mbit/s for US$ 85/month, 50/4 Mbit/s for US$ 70/month, or 120/2 Mbit/s for US$ 50/month, throttled back to 10% of those speeds after a 350 / 250 / 200 GB cap. IP television, voice over IP and connections in the department capitals are expected for 2013 and 2014.
ANTEL owns Uruguay's tallest skyscraper, the Telecommunications Tower, which has 160 meters and 35 floors. It is the tallest building in the country. It was designed by architect Carlos Ott. It is situated by the side of Montevideo's bay.
Uruguay installed its first satellite earth station in 1985 followed by two Intelsat earth stations in 1990. ANTEL, the Aeronautics and Space Research and Diffusion Center and the UdelaR launched the first national satellite for telecommunications on June 2014, the Antelsat.
Antel has been granted monopoly power over most forms of communication carriage in Uruguay, except for wireless voice (mobile only), wireless internet service, wireless broadcast TV and cable TV.
|Service||Antel offering||Private offerings|
|Wireless Telephone (mobile)||Yes||Yes|
|Wireless Telephone (fixed)||Yes||Forbidden|
|Wireless Broadcast TV||No||Yes|
|Internet over landline (ADSL)||Yes||Forbidden|
|Telephone over landline||Yes||Forbidden|
|Broadcast TV over landline||No||Forbidden|
|Internet over coax cable||No||Forbidden|
|Telephone over coax cable||No||Forbidden|
|Broadcast TV over coax cable||No||Yes|
|Internet over fiber||Yes||Forbidden|
|Telephone over fiber||No||Forbidden|
|Broadcast TV over fiber||No||Forbidden|
For information on specific competitors to Antel in the services where competition is allowed, see Telecommunications in Uruguay
(All u$s figures for FY2011 performance were calculated using 12/31/11 exchange rate of 1 dollar = 19.903 Uruguayan pesos.)
For the fiscal year ending Dec 31, 2011 Antel had revenues of u$s 899,361,905 (17,897,790,000 Uruguayan pesos). This represents 2% of Uruguay's 2011 GDP, putting Antel in the exclusive league of Uruguayan mega-corporations, with a share of the economy slightly higher than that of Chevron in the US. Calculated on a per-capita basis, in 2011 Antel collected u$s 267 of revenue per inhabitant of Uruguay (for comparison purposes the minimum monthly wage of Uruguay as of 2011 was u$s 300) In FY 2011 Antel had net profit of u$s 155,630,000 (3,097,523,000 Uruguayan pesos), or 17.3% of revenues.
Antel has been involved in high profile and somewhat controversial investments, notably a) the purchase of the Telecommunications Tower, the most expensive corporate headquarters in Uruguay for u$s 102,000,000 and b) more recently (April 2013) the announcement of a planned investment of u$s 40,000,000 in a sports arena.
By the year 2014, Antel started the project of "Antel Arena", a basketball field and stadium, this project should be banned by the Uruguayan national constitution, that does not allow any state-owned enterprise to operate out they indicated duties. This project is being carried out anyway.
Many people criticize the amount of money Antel spends in advertising. Even Antel is a monopoly they are knowned to advertise in almost every Uruguayan media. This big amount of money may enough to cut prices, considering Uruguay has the highest telecommunication prices regionally.
- Antel llevará fibra óptica a 240.000 hogares en 2012 - El País, 1 February 2012
- Planes de Internet - Antel
- Uruguay. Transportation and Communications
- Satélite AntelSat pasó por cielo uruguayo y empezó a emitir señales
- Estados contables 31 de diciembre de 2011 Antel website
- World Bank Uruguay Data
- List of companies by revenue
- Demographics of Uruguay
- List of minimum wages by country
- Construiran el Antel arena Diario El Observador, April 2, 2013
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