AT&T and Cuba’s ETECSA sign interconnection, roaming deals

23 Aug 2016

US telecoms company AT&T has reached an agreement with Cuba’s state-owned telecoms monopoly Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) to enable direct interconnection and roaming on the island. ‘Cuba is a growing international calling destination for our customers,’ said Bill Hague, executive vice president of AT&T Global Connection Management, adding: ‘With this agreement, AT&T customers soon will be able to seamlessly connect with talk, text and data while visiting Cuba.’ He added that the firm will announce the start of wireless roaming availability and pricing for AT&T customers visiting Cuba at a later date.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the US announced landmark steps towards normalising relations with Cuba in December 2014, initiating new efforts to increase Cubans’ access to telecoms and their ability to communicate freely. Since then, ETECSA has signed direct interconnection and roaming agreements with a number of US operators, including Sprint and Verizon Wireless.