Alcatel-Lucent plants two flags in Latin American soil: LTE and 100Gb/s cable

Not content with newly arrived iTunes and Netflix, Latin America's growing population of web aficionados are seeing some major investment in high-speed internet services too. Alcatel-Lucent says it's won contracts to provide infrastructure for the region's first LTE network -- in Uruguay, to be precise -- as well as the first 100Gb/s optical cable network, which will soon be streaming telenovelas across Argentina. Welcome to the revolution, compañeros, and read on for the full PR.

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Today Alcatel-Lucent announced two industry milestones related to the Latin American telecommunications market.

• The wins represent the first commercial LTE deployment in Latin America and the first Latin American Cable Operator to Deploy 100G Optical Technology;

• The wins are a strong indication of the traffic growth occurring in Latin America and the infrastructure investments being made to address it;

• The announcements are a strong indicator of the strength of Alcatel-Lucent's business in the region
• Double-Digit Growth over Past 3 Consecutive Quarters

Excerpts of press releases are below - - full releases can be found here:

Argentina's Cablevision selects Alcatel-Lucent's 100 Gigabit Optical Solution to Cope with Booming Data Demand and Rising Transport Costs

First cable operator in South America to deploy a 100 gigabit per second optical network to boost multicast video services and high-speed Internet access

Buenos Aires, December 13, 2011 –Cablevision Argentina, one of the Latin America's largest cable TV and Internet services providers, will be the first cable operator in South America to deploy an advanced optical networking solution to deliver services at 100 gigabits per second (100G) speeds. Cablevision Argentina has selected Alcatel-Lucent's next-generation 100G optical coherent networking solution to dramatically increase performance and service speeds to meet the growing demand for video, multimedia and Internet applications from its customer base.

ANTEL and Alcatel-Lucent Launch 4G/LTE Services In Uruguay; Establish the First Commercial 4G/LTE Wireless Network in a Latin American Country

Paris and Montevideo, December 13, 2011 -Antel, a leading provider of communications services in Uruguay, and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) are now making the promise of high-speed mobile broadband a reality in Uruguay by delivering the first commercial 4G/LTE wireless network in a Latin American country.

The network has been designed and built based on Alcatel-Lucent's complete, end-to-end LTE solution. Antel's subscribers will enjoy the most advanced mobile phone services such as, HD video, high-speed navigation, high quality videoconferencing, online gaming and other applications. LTE Services will initially be available in Montevideo and Punta del Este, and will evolve to provide additional coverage.