Cuba dismantles 2 illegal telecom networks
HAVANA, Dec 07, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Cuban authorities have crushed two
underground telecommunications networks operating from abroad to
provide fixed and mobile phone services, official media reported
The clandestine networks were run by two companies owned by
Cubans living abroad, respectively in Canada and in Spain. Both
countries have seen a growing number of Cuban expatriates.
According to official daily Granma, the two firms illegally
used channels owned by state-run telephone company Etecsa "purely
to make a profit," having robbed Etecsa of estimated revenues of 3
million U.S. dollars.
One of the two networks, starting operation in 2009, offered
Cuban expatriates long-distance call services for 50 cents a
minute and text message services for 5 cents a piece.
Nine Cuban citizens have been charged, four of whom are in
custody, since the investigation began in September.
The suspects, including two Etecsa employees, face charges of
fraud, which can land them in prison for up to 10 years, and
illegal economic activity, which carries a maximum jail term of
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