U.S. wireless carrier AT&T is hoping to secure a mobile agreement with Cuba’s state telecommunications company, ETECSA, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Though AT&T declined to comment on the matter, a source told the Wall Street Journal discussions are underway but an agreement has yet to be reached.
AT&T is seeking a roaming agreement with ETECSA, which has a monopoly on telecommunications on the island, the report said.
The successful completion of a deal would make AT&T the third U.S. carrier to offer roaming wireless service in Cuba.
In September, Verizon became the first carrier to offer its customers roaming service in Cuba through its Pay-As-You-Go International travel option. Verizon’s roaming in Cuba comes at a cost of $2.99 per minute for voice calls and $2.05 per megabyte of data.
Sprint followed suit in November, announcing a deal with ETECSA for both direct roaming and direct long-distance interconnection services. Sprint’s roaming rates in the country run $2.49 per minute for voice calls, $1.99 per megabyte of data, 50 cents to send SMS text messages. SMS messages can be received for free.
The carrier rush to Cuba comes in the context of President Obama’s 2014 decision to resume diplomatic communications with the country.