OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sprint (NYSE: S) today became the first U.S. wireless carrier to sign a
direct roaming agreement with Telecommunications Company of Cuba
“As the commercial relationship between the U.S. and Cuba continues to
progress, it is expected that the number of travelers to Cuba will
increase exponentially,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. “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.”
Claure made the announcement at a signing ceremony in Havana as part of
the U.S.-Cuba Business Council (USCBC) delegation to Cuba.
As the only U.S. carrier with a direct roaming agreement and a
direct long-distance interconnection agreement with Cuban provider
ETECSA, Sprint is leading the way for U.S.-Cuba telecommunications.
More than 3 million people from around the world are expected to visit
Cuba this year. Within 10 years, that number is projected to grow to
more than 5 million.
The USCBC, an advocacy organization housed at the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce, is a formal commitment by the American business community to
build a strong and strategic commercial relationship between Cuba and
the United States.
Earlier this year, Sprint launched Sprint Global Roaming and in August
launched Sprint Open World, an industry-leading plan for connectivity in
Canada, Mexico and most other countries across Latin America. The
agreement signed today with ETECSA makes it much more convenient for
Sprint customers who plan to work, study or visit family in Cuba. Offer
details and timing of availability will be announced soon.
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more
and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about
most. Sprint served more than 57 million connections as of June 30,
2015, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying
innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a
national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands
including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless;
instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones
Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You
can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
Danielle Babbington, 949-748-3418