State-run Etecsa will install internet in Old Havana
People in Cuba currently can only access connection to the web via public wi-fi hotspots. It has one of the lowest online connectivity rates in the world per the BBC (Cuba Announces Home Internet Trial Scheme in Havana ). The Cuban government announced that state-run telecommunications company Etecsa will install internet in some 2,000 homes in the country’s capital of Old Havana. Authorities indicate the initiative may be broadened after a 2-month trial period. In addition, the government connection fee for public wi-fi hotspots is being redued by 25%. Etesca also signed an agreement last week with Google to provide faster internet to its services. According to the BBC, Google and Etesca reached the agreement in the final weeks of the Obama Presidency. Only one third of the Cuban population is currently online per Silicon Republic.
- BBC News: Cuba Announces Home Internet Trial Scheme in Havana
- Silicon Republic: Cuba to Allow Internet Access at Home for the First Time
– Keri Kukral @kerikukral
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