ETECSA prepares for national 3G rollout

5 Mar 2018

Cuba’s state-owned telecoms operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) installed a total of 279 3G base stations in 2017, as it gears up to extend the data service to its citizens on a wider basis. According to a report by CubaSi, the total number of 3G base stations has now reached 409, providing coverage to 47% of the population.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that a 3G platform has been available for visitors roaming in Cuba from foreign networks since 2012, providing coverage of the main tourist areas and provincial capitals. Last year, however, ETECSA launched a pilot 3G network utilising the 900MHz frequency band in the city of Santiago de Cuba, followed by other locations including Camaguey.