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Cuban government and AT&T sign telecom agreement

By on August 30, 2016

A taxi driving a classic American car passes a billboard that reads in Spanish: "Long live free Cuba" in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 14, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Cuba on March 20. The trip will mark a watershed moment in U.S.-Cuba relations, making Obama the first sitting U.S. president to set foot on the island in nearly seven decades. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

A taxi driving a classic American car passes a billboard that reads in Spanish: “Long live free Cuba” in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

SAN JUAN – State-run Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A. (Etecsa by its Spanish acronym) announced last week it has signed an agreement with telecommunications giant AT&T for the exchange of voice, text and data traffic between Cuba and the United States. The agreement also allows AT&T customers traveling to Cuba to have access to roaming services for voice, text and data.

Once the implementation period is over, and tests results are evaluated by both companies, AT&T mobile service customers traveling to Cuba will be able to use their cellphones within the Etecsa’s network.

Sprint announced a roaming agreement with Etecsa last fall to allow subscribers visiting Cuba to send and receive calls and text messages.

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