HAVANA: Cuba, a few years late to the Internet era, plans to bring the web into some homes in Havana by the end of the year, the Cuban News Company (ACN) reported.
Communist-ruled Cuba has among the most affordable Web penetration rates in the world. While the government blames expense for lack of investment in infrastructure, critics recommend the genuine impediment is fear of losing control of the media.
Far, only 5% of the Cuban population is approximated to delight in home-based web, which needs unique government authorization. Typically this is given generally to academics, medical professionals and intellectuals.
The rest of Cuba’s 11.2 million occupants should rely on WiFi hotspots around the island and state internet parlours, although these are sparsely used due to the fact that of high rates. The US$ 2 (RM8) per hour WiFi tariff represents nearly 10% of the average state month-to-month wage.
A pilot task will bring the web initially into houses of 2,000 citizens in Old Havana, ACN reported, pointing out a senior authorities at telecommunications monopoly ETECSA.
The needed infrastructure has actually currently been installed by Chinese business Huawei, although rates have not yet been decided, ACN reported ETECSA official Eudes Monier as stating.
ETECSA is also dealing with using Web on cellphones from 2017, ACN composed.
Cuba presently has around 200 WiFi hotspots across the country and in September announced it would install WiFi along Havana’s picturesque seafront boulevard, the Malecon.
The United States has set connection as a priority in its new relationship with Cuba. Telecommunications devices, technology and services were among the very first exemptions to the embargo after Washington and Havana announced on Dec 17 they would restore diplomatic relations.
Cuba has on the other hand consistently charged that the United States desires to use telecommunications to subvert its federal government.– Reuters
Huge tech gap: Just 5 % of the Cuban population is approximated to enjoy home-based Internet while the rest of Cuba’s 11.2 million occupants must depend on WiFi hotspots around the island and state web parlours, although these are sparsely used since of high rates.– Reuters