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UPDATE 1-Cuba loses phone, internet connections for about 90 minutes

·1 min read

(Adds service restored)

HAVANA, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Cuba's telephone and internetconnections were knocked out on Friday in a nationwide failure,though there was no general power outage, witnesses said.

All internet service and international communicationscrashed at around noon (1700 GMT), according to witnesses inHavana and three other provinces. International communicationswere restored after 90 minutes and the internet 10 minuteslater.

ETECSA, the state telecommunications monopoly, in astatement said a "technical interruption" had effected all modesof internet access.

The Communist-run nation only began to connect thepopulation and most businesses a few years ago when in 2018 itbegan service through smartphones.

The government reported 4.2. million of 11.2 millionresidents were on the internet through their mobiles and just170,000 homes were connected.(Reporting by Marc FrankEditing by Chizu Nomiyama and Grant McCool)