Cuba announces broadband home internet project2016-02-02 03:03 by Daniela
Cuba plans to launch a pilot program that will bring broadband internet access to homes in two Havana neighborhoods.
The Cuban state telecommunications company (ETECSA) announced that citizens will be able to order service through fiber optic connections operated with Chinese telecom operator Huawei. Cafes, bars, and restaurants will also be able to use the service.
However, ETECSA has just announced the new service without mentioning prices and when it will be available.
Fiber-optic home connections are considered a huge step in connection development of Cuba, where broadband home service is currently legal only for diplomats and employees of foreign companies who pay hundreds of dollars a month for Internet links that are too slow to be considered broadband.
Some Cuban citizens have dial-up home service or restricted mobile phone connections that allow access only to state-run email. General public access to broadband internet began only last year, with the opening of dozens of public WiFi spots that cost $2 an hour. That is about a tenth of the average monthly salary in Cuba (about $25 a month).
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