Cubacel

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Country

Company Name

Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba, SA (ETECSA)

Ownership Type

State/Government Owned

MNC

01

3G UMTS Frequency Bands

4G LTE Frequency Bands

Company Overview

Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) is the sole government-backed telecommunications company operating in Cuba. ETECSA brands its mobile services division as Cubacel and provides a national 2G GSM network over the 900 MHz band, and launched a national 3G UMTS network over the B8 (900 MHz) band in April 2017. B1 (2100 MHz) 3G services have since been added to the network.

In November 2017 ETECSA announced its intentions to begin 4G LTE trials, utilising spectrum in the 1800 MHz band, as well as frequencies in the 700 MHz range for more remote locations. Cubacel launched B3 (1800 MHz) LTE in January 2019, with a 20 MHz channel width and using a combination of Ericsson and Huawei base station hardware. 700 MHz LTE rollout will commence following the deactivation of analogue television services currently occupying 698 to 806 MHz in Cuba.

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Launch Date 2017-04 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
Active
Active
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active [Launched 2019-01]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
20 MHz Active

News & Developments

The process of digitalisation of Cuban society had a very significant moment in 2017. By 2018, one of the fundamental challenges of the Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba, ETECSA, already announced, is the implementation of a mobile data service for Cubans to have Internet in mobile phones.