Cuba’s state-owned telecoms operator Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) has launched its pilot 3G network in the island’s third largest city Camaguey. Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN) reports that mobile customers will be able to use the platform to access the ‘Nauta’ mobile e-mail service, but will not be able to surf the internet. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that a 3G platform has been available for visitors roaming in Cuba from foreign networks since 2012, providing coverage of the main tourist areas and provincial capitals. Earlier this year, however, ETECSA launched a pilot 3G network utilising the 900MHz frequency band in the city of Santiago de Cuba, as it gears up to extend the data service to its citizens on a wider basis. In preparation for the commercialisation, last year ETECSA rolled out an additional 99 3G base stations to increase the total to 229.
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