HAVANA, Jan. 20th. (DDC) More than 70,400 Cubans are currently connected to the Internet from their homes, a service that has grown timidly since its inception in 2017, in the face of the popularity of the recent activation of mobile data with 3G
technology, which already exceeds 1,800,000 clients in a short period of time. more than a month, according to data from the state telecommunications monopoly ETECSA.
Cuba, one of the most disconnected nations in the world, offers the Nauta Hogar private service in 115 of the country’s 168 municipalities, the Juventud Rebelde official newspaper quoted by EFE as saying.
95% of users of Nauta Hogar use the 1 megabit connection, the cheapest of the four available packages, ranging from 15 to 70 CUC, high prices for the common Cubans, whose average salary does not exceed 30 dollars per month.
Until two years ago the connection from the houses was only available to a few professionals of the Island, among them doctors, pro-government journalists and teachers, who receive subsidized service by the State.
The commercialization of Nauta Hogar is part of what the Government announces as its strategy to close the technological gap with the rest of the world and advance in the opening of the Internet, within which hundreds of public Wi-Fi hotspots were opened in 2015, the first visible step of the Government in pursuit of what he calls “computerization of society”.
“We will continue developing the infrastructure and continue expanding our potential for more access, quality and affordability of the service,” said Miguel Díaz-Canel, who closed a national meeting on computerization and cybersecurity on Friday.
Until the advent of mobile data, 60% of the 5,900,000 Cuban Internet users accessed the network from their study and work centers.
In Cuba (11,100,000 million inhabitants) there are more than 5,300,000 mobile line users, according to official data.
The authorities want to enable electronic procedures and expand online payment services in the national territory, where cash transactions still predominate, but the lack of electronic culture and technological backwardness are factors that play against.
Last December, Cuban Communications Minister Jorge Luis Perdomo announced to the National Assembly of People’s Power that this year they would begin testing mobile service with 4G technology in large cities, although he did not specify official activation dates.