Cuba confirms Alba-1 fiber hook-as a lot as Venezuela, net stays on lockdown

Cuba confirms Alba-1 fiber hook-up to Venezuela, internet remains on lockdown

Cuba may solely be positioned 100 or so miles from Key West, nevertheless the US embargo meant an undersea fiber hyperlink to North America hasn’t been a danger. Earlier this week, though, we began to see dialogue referring to guests passing by way of a connection to Venezuela, and ETECSA, a authorities-owned telecom provider, has now confirmed that a 994-mile cable has been operational since August, though in a restricted functionality. On January tenth, ETECSA stepped up its utilization, testing the connection using “precise guests.”

The $70-million Alba-1 cable, which has a reported lifespan of 25 years, was completed in February 2011, though it is not clear when, or if, residents will see any revenue — a press launch outlined that it “will not mechanically suggest an increase in entry.” That isn’t good info for Cubans, nevertheless on the very least Hugo Chavez now has the potential for a direct hyperlink to his residence nation — with a Netflix subscription and a VPN tunnel to the good ole US of A, his restoration might probably be just a bit additional speedy.

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