Cuba signs deal with Sprint, says it is open for more business

Verizon has been offering voice and data roaming in Cuba since September through a third party


HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba signed a roaming agreement with U.S. telecom Sprint Corp during its first annual trade fair since rapprochement with the United States and told 600 companies from 70 countries at that it was eager for more business.

The Havana International Fair (FIHAV) promotes Cuba's changing business climate and seeks badly needed foreign investment. Last year's event championed a new tax-cutting foreign investment law, while this year's boasted of improved ties with the United States.

Mexican regulator requires new Telmex plan to open local network

Will require Telmex, owned America Movil, to modify the terms for use its fixed line infrastructure


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican telecoms regulator IFT said earlier this week that it will force Telmex to offer competitors better terms as it seeks to open up its local network, part of an effort to increase competition in a sector dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim.

The move will require Telmex, owned by Slim's America Movil, to modify the terms and conditions under which it will let other companies use part of its vast fixed line infrastructure.

Relishing new Wi-Fi, Cuba's young clamor for more

Cuba is connected by only one undersea fiber optic cable originating from Venezuela


HAVANA (Reuters) - Headphone-clad youths pore over phones on a street corner at dusk. A mother holds a laptop on Havana's seafront as her children cackle at seeing family abroad. Surreptitious vendors offer Internet cards at a markup.

Cuba's new Wi-Fi hotspots - 35 nationwide since July with more promised soon - are a sensation in a highly controlled country with one of the world's lowest Internet penetrations.

Yet young Cubans are not satisfied.

They want the Communist government to provide more, cheaper and less restricted Wi-Fi for Cuba's 11 million people.

Verizon first to offer cellphone roaming in Cuba

Previously, phone communication between the two countries had to pass through third countries


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc announced on Thursday it would begin to offer roaming wireless service in Cuba next week, becoming the first U.S. company to do so.

The announcement by the No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier follows the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States in July after 54 years.

The United States has set connectivity as a priority in its new relationship with the communist-run island.

Large Mobile Operators Expand 4G Services Throughout North America with Ceragon's IP-20 Platform

Complete wireless backhaul solution that enables them to meet their operational efficiency targets

CTIA SuperMobility Week

LITTLE FALLS, New Jersey, September 9, 2015 - wireless backhaul specialist Ceragon Networks Ltd. today announced that three large North American mobile operators, all existing Ceragon customers, are deploying its IP-20 platform for their separate 4G network expansion and modernization projects.

Facing AT&T, America Movil pledges free roaming, $6 billion network upgrade

Rivals AT&T, Telefonica SA and T-Mobile US Inc have all also introduced new packages


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican telecoms giant America Movil, controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, will respond to a challenge from U.S. carrier AT&T by offering some subscribers free calls to and data in the United States, and will also invest $6 billion in its network in Mexico, its chief executive said on Thursday.

AT&T Mexico chief: will take 'couple of years' to shape up Mexico business

Analysts don't see the Mexico unit having a major impact for some time


RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (Reuters) - AT&T Inc will take "a couple of years" to shape up its new business in Mexico, where it competes with billionaire Carlos Slim's dominant carrier America Movil, AT&T Mexico Chief Executive Thaddeus Arroyo said in an interview on Thursday.

AT&T, which bought Mexico's No.3 and No.4 wireless carriers in the last few months, faces the task of integrating the two companies' networks to face off against Slim's telecoms group, which controls 70 percent of the mobile market.

Destructive hacking attempts target critical infrastructure in Americas

OAS survey finds 40 percent of respondents have battled attempts to shut down their computer networks


A poll by the Organization of American States found that 40 percent of respondents had battled attempts to shut down their computer networks, 44 percent had dealt with bids to delete files and 54 percent had encountered “attempts to manipulate” their equipment through a control system.

Mexico sees tender for $10 billion mobile network by early October

Creation of the network was written into Mexico's constitution as part of a telecoms sector overhaul


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico hopes to launch the tender for a $10 billion national mobile broadband network by early October, the country's transport and communications ministry (SCT) said on Wednesday.

Creation of the network was written into Mexico's constitution as part of a telecoms sector overhaul finalized last year that aims to boost competition and investment in a sector dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil.

U.S. telecoms firm IDT establishes direct connection with Cuba

First commercial accord realized since the December rapprochement


HAVANA (Reuters) - Direct telephone connections between the United States and Cuba have been established under the first commercial accord realized since the December rapprochement between the two longtime adversaries, Cuba's national telecom provider said on Wednesday.

The U.S.-based IDT Corp reached an agreement with Cuba's Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A. (ETECSA) to provide direct international long distance telephony.

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