Cuba launches mobile internet service

Friday, 2018-12-07 10:10:43
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People use mobile devices to connect to the Internet via WiFi in Havana July 2, 2015. (File photo: Xinhua)
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Highly anticipated mobile internet service has been launched for the very first time in Cuba on December 6.

State-owned telecommunications company Etecsa said anyone with a cellphone with 3G technology could now access the web anywhere in the country, and without the need for a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Navigation packages ranged from 600 megabits (Mb) for the equivalent of US$8 to 4 gigabits (Gb) for about US$35.

Prices were considered high in a country where the average monthly wage is approximately US$20.

Cuba has a total of 11.2 million inhabitants and 5.3 million mobile lines.

Up to now, average Cubans could only access the internet through 1,200 Wi-Fi hotspots set up in public places and 670 Etecsa-run navigation rooms.

Due to a lack of infrastructure, only some 60,000 Cubans have home internet access via their telephone land lines.

Doctors, journalists and government officials get priority internet access at home due to their jobs.

According to Cuban Minister of Communications Jorge Luis Perdomo, the government aims to boost internet access through wireless technologies, believing that "the internet is a very useful tool that must be made available to everyone."