AT&T signs deal to offer roaming services in Cuba

The signage for an AT&T store is seen in New York, October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

AT&T Inc, the No 2 US 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 Aug 22 it would announce the pricing and the launch date for the service at a later date. 

Reuters 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 US telecoms carriers including Sprint Corp, Verizon Inc and T-Mobile US Inc after US 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. — Reuters

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