Sprint has agreed to bring its communications infrastructure to Cuba. Officials in the country agreed to work with the company during its first annual trade fair. More than 600 companies from 70 countries attended the event.
The Havana International Fair (FIHAV) promotes Cuba’s changing business climate and seeks badly needed foreign investment.
Sprint was one of approximately 30 U.S. companies attending the event.
Sprint signed an interconnection agreement with Cuba’s state telecoms monopoly Etecsa on September 25 and added the roaming agreement on Monday. Sprint competitor Verizon has been offering voice and data roaming in Cuba since September through a third party.
“We signed this agreement in record time,” Sprint Chief Executive Marcelo Claure told reporters.
“They were a pleasure to work with. Like with anybody else, there were tense moments. We would like to pay a lower rate. But it’s a start,” Claure said.
Cellular partners from Venezuela, China and Russia have been working in the cellular space in Cuba for years.