AT&T and ETECSA sign roaming and interconnection agreement

Posted: 26-Aug-16 11:58

American multinational telecommunications conglomerate, AT&T recently reached several agreements with Cuban service provider ETECSA, for roaming and direct interconnection. Both companies are looking to cooperate soon in order to allow US citizens travelling to the island the opportunity to use their phones on ETECSA network.

AT&T and ETECSA sign roaming and interconnection agreement

Since the normalization process between the US and Cuban governments began in December 2014, improving communication between the two countries is one of the interests that have been discussed. Today, these services will become more efficient thanks to an agreement signed between American telecommunications conglomerate AT&T and ETECSA ("Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba”), a government-owned, full telecoms business for Cuba, which covers cellular and fixed line services.

Traditionally, calls and texts between the US and Cuba had to be routed through other countries due to trade embargoes imposed following 1959’s Cuban revolution. The agreements reached between the two companies are a significant step forward for both American and Cuban citizens.

The second largest provider of mobile telephone and the largest provider of fixed telephone in the United States, AT&T helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services. Looking to keep up their reputation and jump in first to the meet client demands, this company negotiated with ETECSA and signed various agreements to ensure direct interconnection, voice roaming service, texts and data for AT&T clients who travel to Cuba.

Once all technical tests are carried out by both operators, AT&T clients in Cuba will be able to use their mobile phones in ETECSA’s network. The deal follows similar agreements for ETECSA with Verizon and Sprint in September and November of 2015, respectively. Verizon also struck a wireline voice services agreement in March.

Bill Hague, executive vice president of AT&T Global Connection Management recently said in a statement released to the press that:

“Cuba is a growing international calling destination for our customers. With this agreement, AT&T customers soon will be able to seamlessly connect with talk, text and data while visiting Cuba.”

The company will announce commencement of wireless roaming availability and pricing for AT&T customers visiting Cuba at a later date.

Some hotels have also taken notice of how important it is for travellers to be able to access the Internet whilst in Cuba. Recently the Melia hotel group declared all its properties in the island now comprise Wi-Fi hotspots. Other progresses that have been made towards improving access to communication include a pilot program to bring broadband to some private homes within a couple of Havana neighbourhoods.


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