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ETECSA and Cubacel is the market leader in the largest Caribbean island which is the mobile telephone company Cubacel (C_Com ID) mobile telephone company Cubacel a subsidiary of empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A., or ETECSA. It operates the mobile of ETECSA. Cubacel is currently the only mobile phone provider in Cuba (probably due to the State monopoly). The ETECSA is a Cuban telecommunications company owned by State, which offers telephone, mobile and Internet from a single source. It is also responsible to the ETECSA for radio and television in Cuba. Mobile telephony was introduced in Cuba for the first time in 1991 with the establishment of the joint ventures Cubacel SA.

Cubacel was founded by the Cuban Government and the Mexican entrepreneur Luis Miguel Nino de Rivera. At that time, the TDMA network (800 MHz) was used. insight into the issues. in 2001, the network joined then. Speaking candidly MPC Capital AG told us the story. From there, the GSM frequencies 850 and 900 MHz and continue the TDMA network (800 MHZ) were used. Since 2009, it has only the GSM network. It now covers almost the entire island on 900 MHz. 850 MHz are offered Additionally for tourists in some places (currently in Havana, Varadero, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Coco) frequencies. Mobile contracts were in Cuba earlier but not intended for private use (also prepaid).

You could be completed for Cubans only with government approval by foreigners. Otherwise, the use of the mobile network was reserved only foreigners and high ranking officials. Since 2008, every citizen of Cuba but may complete a mobile phone contract. Prices were initially but unaffordable for most locals. It failed on the unit price. A mobile cost almost as much as the annual salary of an average Cuban was. The tariffs were also very high. In June 2010, then but significantly reduced tariffs and cheapens the connection fees. Modernisation and extension of the telecommunications network in Cuba was officially undesirable.