Cuba starts home internet trial in Havana2016-12-30 11:58 by Daniela
The Cuban government has launched a program that will provide home internet access to residents for the first time. Around 2,000 residents of Havana will benefit from the new service.
Cuba's state-run telecommunications company Etecsa will install internet in those homes for a two-month free trial. The company wants to assess the feasibility of nationwide connectivity.
Currently, most Cubans can only connect over public Wi-Fi hotspots. Only 5 percent of citizens have internet at home, which requires government permission. This is usually granted mainly to academics, doctors and intellectuals.
Until 2013, Cuba could only connect to the Internet via expensive satellite connections, but a joint fiber optic cable with Venezuela and Jamaica is now providing higher connectivity speed and new development possibilities.
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