Cuba to launch broadband home internet

Published: Monday 1st February 2016 by The News Editor

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Cuba is launching its first broadband home internet service, marking a potentially major step forward in bringing the communist island online.

State telecommunications company Etesca announced it would allow Cubans to order home service through fibre optic connections operated with Chinese telecom firm Huawei.

But there are important caveats – Etesca described the new service as a pilot project and said prices would be announced in the future. Most Cuban workers earn a state salary of about 25 dollars (£17.60) a month and foreign firms in the country have to pay hundreds of dollars a month for their bosses’ home connections.

Still, fibre-optic home connections would be an important milestone in Cuba, where general public access to broadband internet began only last year, with the opening of dozens of public wi-fi spots.

Published: Monday 1st February 2016 by The News Editor

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