Cuba – telecomms market overview 2007

Cuba – Telecoms Market Overview & Statistics – Document Details – BuddeComm

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Although
Cuba’s economy has grown by over 40% since 2004, Cuba still has
the lowest mobile phone and Internet penetration in Latin America, and
is among the five lowest in terms of fixed-line teledensity. The
government has blamed the US trade embargo for the country’s poor
telecom development, which has, for instance, prevented the deployment
of submarine fibre optic cables. However, the government-controlled
Etecsa holds a monopoly in both fixed and mobile services. Accordingly,
mobile prices remain substantially higher than the average wage. In
addition, Cubans cannot legally buy a computer or subscribe to an ISP
without having a government permit. The retirement of President Castro
in February 2008 brought some promise of liberalisation of the
telecommunications sector, with the new president, Raul Castro, issuing
a decree a month later allowing ordinary Cubans to legally own mobile
phones for the first time. This report provides an overview and key
statistics of Cuba’s fixed line, Internet and mobile
communications sectors.

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