Syniverse holding back $2.5m in Cuban roaming charges

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State telecom ETECSA failed to receive $2.5 million from Syniverse Technologies in roaming charges for foreign cell phone use in Cuba, Granma reported.

Roaming allows foreign visitors to continue using their cell phones while in Cuba.

ETECSA has roaming agreements with 330 companies in 135 countries. Until early this year, international connections for 56 of these agreements were provided by third-country subsidiaries of¬†Syniverse Technologies, which is based in Tampa, Fla. In February, the company told ETECSA its bank couldn’t transfer payments from third-country cell phone providers due to U.S. sanctions, a communications ministry official said.

The Syniverse payments are part of a total of $45 million the Cuban Communications Ministry (MIC) lost this year due to the U.S. embargo, according to the Communist Party daily.

The government is preparing its annual report of damages inflicted by U.S. sanctions, ahead of a UN General Assembly vote.

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