April 25, 2010
Cuba opens up to allow more cell phones
The number of cell phone subscribers in Cuba will exceed one million by the end of this year after the government in 2008 allowed cell phone service for ordinary Cubans, a luxury previously reserved for foreigners, companies and state agencies, reports Sify News.
The lifting of the restriction was one of the first measures Raul Castro adopted after formally succeeding ailing older brother Fidel in February 2008, along with allowing the unrestricted sale of computers, DVD players and other consumer goods.
However, 23 out of the island's 169 municipalities are still without mobile phone coverage because they are located in mountainous or swampy areas.
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