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AT&T Signs Deal to Offer Roaming Services in Cuba

The deal follows similar agreements between Etecsa and U.S. telecoms carriers including Sprint Corp, Verizon Inc and T-Mobile U.S. Inc
By The News · 22 of August 2016 11:30:13
An AT&T office in Houston, Texas, No available, photo: Wikipedia

AT&T Inc, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, said it had signed a deal with Cuba’s state-owned telecoms provider to offer direct roaming services to its customers visiting Cuba.

AT&T said on Monday it would announce the pricing and the launch date for the service at a later date.

It was reported in March that AT&T was trying to complete a mobile communications agreement with Cuba’s telecoms monopoly, Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba (Etecsa).

The deal follows similar agreements between Etecsa and U.S. telecoms carriers including Sprint Corp, Verizon Inc and T-Mobile U.S. Inc after U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration eased some sanctions on Cuba.

Earlier, phone calls between the United States and Cuba had to be routed mostly through other countries, adding to costs and reducing the quality of calls.

AISHWARYA VENUGOPAL