Google will build an underwater cable to improve the Internet in Cuba

ETECSA starts testing new submarine cable

HAVANA, Nov. 17 (EFE) Google works on a submarine cable to improve Internet in Cuba, one of the most disconnected countries in the world, where the American company expects to do “much more” in the future, said Google Cuba’s Marketing Manager, Susanna Kohly Jacobson , reported the news agency EFE.

The company, among the first to express interest in the telecommunications sector of the island after the announcement of the bilateral “thaw” with the United States. in 2014, he collaborated in an unprecedented show held on Thursday night with “Clandestina”, the first Cuban clothing brand to sell his designs on a website.

The executive said they want this to not be the last collaboration because “they expect much more in the future” from the relationship between the US company and Cuba.

“We expect more collaboration. We are building a submarine cable to connect Cuba and we think that this project would be a very effective way to open the conversation on this issue, “he concluded.

Faithful to the casual style of “Clandestina”, the “Country in Construction” catwalk included pieces of “street wear” where the design plays and adapts to the local language images like the dinosaur that Chrome shows when there is no Internet connection or the symbol of wifi cone shaped construction.

For the founder of the brand, Idania del Río, the work with Google’s T-Rex – turned into the mascot “Clandes-dino” – first served to “relax the theme of the lack of internet” on the island and could now end “in a much more optimistic future” where the “Dino of the disconnection” is finally extinguished.

“We want the Internet, and Google is making efforts to bring it to Cuba. I think the internet is very important for Cuban entrepreneurs, “said Del Rio, who collaborated in the collection with designers Celia Ledón and Gabriel Lara.

Despite its early interest in Cuba, Google’s presence on the island is very limited so far.

The company offered three years ago to the authorities of the island to expand Internet access in Cuba, but the proposal did not prosper.

On his first official trip to the United States, Miguel Díaz-Canel met last October with senior US technology managers, including Google, who signed at that time four pre-agreements with Cuban state entities to enhance content on the Internet.

Since 2015, the Cuban government has applied a “computerization policy” to correct technological backwardness, within which this year it authorized Internet marketing in homes and extended the number of public Wi-Fi hotspots, although rates are still expensive for the average Cuban