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Cuba Mobile Phone User Base Reached 2 Million at End of 2013

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Cuba's state owned monopoly mobile network operator, ETECSA ended last year with just under 2 million mobile phone users, according to the Cuban News Agency.

That equates to around one in five Cubans having access to a mobile phone.

The Communist country first relaxed mobile phone ownership in 2008, when the subscriber base stood at 330,000. By the end of 2009, the subscriber base had doubled to 621,000. It reached 1 million around the end of 2010.

ETECSA said that at the end of 2013 the company also had around 1.2 million landline users.

The Company also tested Wi-Fi connections during the recent Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, an experience that suggested the expansion of that service to the hotel network,  ETECSA Marketing director Tania Velazquez stated.

Other actions by the entity this year, include the setting up of 1,500 new public telephone services in the country and replace 1,200 obsolete equipment, while modernizing another 2,500.

Cuba is probably one of a small number of countries still expanding public payphone services. In most countries, the rise of the mobile phone has rendered them largely obsolete.

On the web: Cuban News Agency

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