Cubans will begin to have mobile data that will allow them to access the Internet from their cell phones as of December 6. The island is one of the last nations in the world to do so.
After several failure tests this year, Mayra Arevich, president of ETECSA, Cuba's state telecommunications company, reported on Tuesday the start of the service, among the most expected by the population on the island that has low connectivity. It is also announced that the mobile service will cost 0.10 cents of convertible peso or CUC (equal to one dollar) for a mega. Likewise, packages of 600 megabytes for seven convertible pesos to practice gigas for 30 convertible pesos will be offered.
The Cuban International Connection was a long process that began in the 1990s with limited access to diplomats and foreign business through expensive and slow satellite systems, after the United States limited the cables that they had passed as a result of the sanctions. However, the island, Havana, has made an agreement with Venezuela with a Fiber Optic Terminal in 2012, without the authorities allowing the service of the service individually.
In 2013, navigation rooms were opened, which were attended by the population to control their mail or surf the internet. In 2015, the so-called WiFi zone in the park and plaza installed is the most popular form of connection costing one dollar per hour. . There are currently 830 of these areas, said the authorities.
At the same time, partial services are opened, such as access to e-mails from mobile phones through the so-called Nawa accounts and connections are installed as a test in homes as of 2017.
The vice president of Business and Technology Strategy of ETECSA, Tania Velázquez, has now pointed out that access to data from the mobile phone will be progressive between December 6 and 8 of that month to avoid a collapse similar to what was in some tests Developed this year when some 800,000 people tried to enter the data – the test is free – at the same time.
"It's important to do a trial … and not generate congestion," says Velasquez, explains that users will receive a message on their mobile phone that enables the service.