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Reuters: Cuba has first appeared mobile Internet

By the end of 2018, the authorities promise to provide them half of the population.

In Cuba, for the first time in the history of the country, the deployment of the mobile Internet began. The journalists were the first to access it. This was reported by the Reuters agency.

The telecommunications company ETECSA was engaged in the development of networks . By the end of the year, it plans to provide access to the mobile Internet for at least half the population of Cuba or 5 million people.

Since Cuba is deploying 3G Internet, residents will not be able to take advantage of the 4G and LTE standards. In addition, it is unlikely that such mobile Internet can be called affordable: it will cost $ 45 (2,800 rubles) for 4 gigabytes of traffic, although the average salary in Cuba is about $ 30 per month.

According to reporter Juris Norido, who works on Cuban television, the emergence of the mobile Internet has become a “radical change” in his life.

Now I can follow the news from anywhere, including the places where they occur.

Juris Norido

According to Vox, in 2017 only 5% of Cubans had access to the Internet without censorship. Many residents of the country rely on a local network called “El Paquete Semanal” (Weekly package). It is a network of couriers that deliver on removable media world news, videos from YouTube, pirated movies and applications for smartphones for a few dollars a week.

Cuba has always restricted access to the Internet on its territory. Until 2013, it was only available to visitors to some hotels and it could only be used by foreign guests. At the same time, access to the network was usually slow and cost at least $ 2 an hour.

Since then, state points of Wi-Fi and a cybercafé have appeared in the country. Some residents of the country even managed to carry the Internet to their homes. However, even those who are willing to pay, now stand in line for connection.

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