Cuban state telecommunications company Etecsa and U.S. firm Sprint have signed an agreement for cellphone roaming service, in a deal which makes Sprint the second U.S. company to provide a roaming service on the island.
“We want to make sure any Sprint customer traveling to Cuba can use their phone the same way as they do in the United States,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint chief executive, the Miami Herald reports.
The agreement was announced Monday at the International Fair of Havana, featuring about 900 companies, a third of them Cuban. Around 70 countries are represented.
The agreement will allow Sprint subscribers visiting Cuba to send and receive calls and text messages directly through Etecsa, which currently owns the monopoly for telecommunications service on the island.
Verizon Wireless became the first U.S. wireless company to offer roaming in Cuba during September last year. Customers with a world device who sign up for the company’s Pay-As-You-Go International Travel option can both make and receive calls during travel in Cuba.
However, the service is through third companies, not directly through Etecsa.