Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Cuba Gets Internet Facility on 3G Mobile Phones at Last

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Sandy Mccarthy | 07 December, 2018, 19:50

Users began receiving text messages in the morning from the state telephone monopoly informing them that they can buy an internet access packages for 3G service.

The state-run ETECSA telecommunication company from Cuba has made the announcement on this provision. The cheapest package of 600MB costs $7 a month, but the average wage is $30 a month.

"We increase spending on infrastructure according to our financial abilities in the coming months and also start installing 4G technology, which is already used worldwide", said Jose Luis Perdomo, Cuba's minister of communications, who also spoke on the program.

"It's the political will of the country's leadership that our citizens use the internet as a tool for personal development and knowledge", said the minister.

Tania Velázquez, ETECSA Vice President, said the company would be rolling out the service over several days in order to avoid the network congestion that occurred during mobile internet testing earlier this year.

Cubans will finally have access to the internet from mobiles after the government revealed on Tuesday evening that it would launch 3G services.

Over 5.9 million Cubans out of a population of 11.2 million had access to internet previous year, said Perdomo.

The cost could be prohibitive for numerous country's 11.2 million citizens as the average state wage is around $30 per month.

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Though about 11.2 of its citizens have mobile phones, only a few can afford the high charges for the internet services on their phones.

Until now, Cubans have had access only to state-run email accounts on their phones.

With many relatives living overseas, the internet facility will work out to be too costly.

The regime has also been opening state-owned internet cafes since 2013 and wifi hotspots in public places since 2015.

Guillermo Diaz, a 38-year-old who regularly logs in at the hotspots to video chat with family in the USA, said: "It will be good to be able to connect to the web with greater comfort".

President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who has succeeded Raul Castro, says that the country can continue to advance towards digitalization with internet services.

North Korea is another country that has strict control over internet access.

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