Monday, April 14, 2008
In news from Cuba, hundreds flocked to the island's sole telecommunications provide ETECSA to take advantage of a luxury now reduced to a commodity, for those who can afford it. The liberation of the Cuban telecommunications sector now means that access has been granted for many more Cubans to buy cellular phone services previously available only to government officials and foreigners. Nonetheless, the new opportunity to make contact with friends and family around the world is limited to a select few who earn the 65 US equivalent cost of acquiring the service. Despite the fact that cell phone rates in Cuba are the lowest in Latin America, the expense of setting up the service would cost the average Cuban to sacrifice ten months of regular wages. Meanwhile, ETECSA, partly owned by Telecom Italia, maintains that it will use the income to expand land lines.