Cubans finally get to read this story on their phones

20 Julio, 2018, 04:53 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in navy jacket seen with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says Cuba's looming recognition of a market economy does not mean capitalism is welcome

Some Cuban citizens now have mobile internet on their smartphones as the Communist government plans to let the entire country access the worldwide web from their personal devices by the end of 2018.

Journalists working for state media were the first who got mobile Internet which is provided by state telecommunications company ETECSA. Thus, aiding Cubans in defending their revolution. Cuba frowns on public dissent and blocks access to dissident websites. "I can now update on the news from wherever I am, including where the news is taking place".

The company has also assured to expand its services to all its 5 million mobile phone users i.e. approximately 50% of the Cuban population.

Whether because of a lack of cash, a long-running US trade embargo or concerns about the flow of information, Cuba has lagged behind in web access.

Internet service, in Cuba, was mainly available to the public at various tourist hotels on the island. Since then, the government has expanded coverage to cyber cafes and outdoor hotspots, with a limited extension into residences. It has also started gradually hooking up homes to the web.

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Long before he took office from Raul Castro in April, 58-year-old Diaz-Canel championed the cause. Todus, a free Cuba-only messenger was launched last month by ETECSA.

The aim of the Cuban government to connect 60% of phones and at least half of homes by 2020 was clear as it was revealed in a leaked document that contained Cuba's internet strategy back in 2015. Still, Cubans are skeptical.

"Simply expect from us efforts and decisions aimed at fighting, uniting, ... and winning, he told the crowd".

Cuba had hoped that a diplomatic opening to the USA, agreed on with President Barack Obama, would stimulate the island's struggling economy.

"This rollout will expand slowly at first and then more quickly, if the government is increasingly confident that it can control any political fallout", Cuba expert Ted Henken from Baruch College in the USA told Reuters.

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