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Verizon Signs Direct Interconnection Deal with Cuba

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Cuban and U.S. telecom firms have signed an agreement to establish direct international voice traffic, basically in incoming and outgoing calls, Cuban official daily Granma reported.

Cuba's state telecommunications company Etecsa signed the interconnection agreement with Verizon. Last September, Verizon also became the first U.S.-based wireless company to offer travelers roaming service in Cuba.

The deal paves the way for direct telephone communication between the two countries, but Etecsa said in a statement the service won't be available until "the period of implementation and technical testing both operators are undertaking is complete."

The Cuban telco did not provide a date.

In February 2015, Etecsa signed a similar accord with IDT Domestic Telecom, and in November it signed a roaming agreement with Sprint.

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