IDT Corp to provide long distance telephony between U.S. and Cuba
Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:41pm EST
Feb 19 (Reuters) – U.S.-based telecom company IDT Corp has reached an
agreement with Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A. (ETECSA),
Cuba’s national telecom provider, to provide international long distance
telephony between the United States and Cuba directly.
The company said that the agreement was filed today with the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) and is subject to FCC review for a
period of ten days.
FCC was not immediately available for comment outside regular business
If the agreement takes effect, IDT will be the only U.S. carrier to have
a direct interconnection into Cuba.
“This is an important first step in the liberalization of
telecommunications between the U.S. and Cuba,” said Bill Pereira, Chief
Executive Officer of IDT Telecom in a statement.
IDT joins a list of U.S. companies looking to take advantage of thawing
diplomatic relations between the United States and the communist-ruled
Netflix Inc launched its movie and TV streaming service in Cuba last week.
MasterCard Inc has said it will allow its cards issued in the United
States to be used in Cuba, effective March 1.
American Express Co has also said it would launch operations in Cuba.
The announcement follows revisions to the Cuban Assets Control
Regulations announced by the U.S. government earlier this month.
(Reporting By Sudarshan Varadhan in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr)
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