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Google to bring high-speed Internet to Cuba

2016-03-24 03:26 by


Google has announced that it plans to bring high-speed Internet to Cuba, one of the world's least-connected countries.

Currently it is in the "early stages" of preparation. The company has built a studio equipped with dozens of laptops, cellphones and virtual-reality goggles at the studio of one of Cuba's most famous artists - Alexis Leiva Machado, known as Kcho. The studio offers free Internet at speeds nearly 70 times faster than those now available to the Cuban public.

"We hope this installation will enable people for whom Internet access is scarce to browse the web and find information," Cuba lead of Google Access Brett Perlmutter said. "We're excited that Cuban children will be able to try out virtual reality to explore sites from around the world—from Stonehenge to Port Hercule—the same way that children in other countries do."

During his visit in Cuba, President Barack Obama said that Google's efforts in Cuba are part of a wider plan to improve access to the Internet across the island.

"One of the things that we'll be announcing here is that Google has a deal to start setting up more Wi-Fi and broadband access on the island," President Obama said Monday, according to Reuters.

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