With First Free Wi-Fi, Cuba Aims to Ramp Up Internet Access

Cuba approved the first free wi-fi public access point. Cuba’s state telecom agency Etecsa granted approval to the artist Kcho as reported by the BBC on March 16, 2015. According to the BBC, the sculptor Kcho “is perhaps the only artist the government would permit to run a public access wi-fi service. The last time Fidel Castro was seen in public was at an exhibition by the contemporary artist.” According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. military, aiming to improve connectivity at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, is building a new $31 million fiber-optic cable line between Cuba from Florida that is set to begin operating at the end of 2015. The US Government recently sent a delegation to Cuba on March 25, 2015 to meet with the Cuban government to discuss the future of telecommunications and internet. In January 2015, the US government permit the shipment of mobile phones and laptops to Cuba.  Netflix launched in Cuba in February, 2015.

For years, Cuba accessed the internet using satellites meaning slow connections and limited data. This could certainly change in the future with low cost satellite launches to space.

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