Cubans get more local intranet access via mobile phones
In Cuba depend on government communications and broadband does not exist. Cubans wait several minutes to open an email and upload the video may take a long time, as happened to us all in the days of Dial-Up. However, the use of the Local Intranet and mobile phones on the island have increased this year, according to Reuters has passed.
Thus, the use of state-controlled connections this year increased 40% over last year, while mobile Phone use was 30% higher.
And while much of the world strives to improve connectivity conditions that the average Cuban will appear unbeatable, the government of Raul Castro has achievements despite its rudimentary navigation power. Thus, the Office for National Statistics said the number of Internet users “reached 2.6 million last year, up from 1.8 million in 2010, although most were probably in the local intranet managed by the government, agreeing through computer clubs, schools and offices. “
Meanwhile, the number of mobile phone users rose to 1.3 million in 2011, compared to 1 million in 2010, according to the government, which is worth mentioning that Cubans do not have Internet access on their phones and that the Cuba’s population is 11.2 million.
Remember that until 2008 was not allowed the ordinary Cubans had a mobile. After the restriction lifted during the first year sold 330,000 computers.
In February 2011, a fiber optic cable went from Venezuela to Cuba to offer download speeds of 3,000 times the current Internet Cuba and able to handle millions of phone calls simultaneously. To date there is no evidence that the cable is running and the government and state media have kept quiet about it, she says Reuters.
Another important fact is that mobile phone use, besides not being politically free, is tied to the low incomes of Cubans, for which neither the phone or Internet are widely used in the island.
What do you think of the current situation of mobile phones in Cuba? Better a gadget without connectivity than nothing? Or do a mobile, although very basic, to be communicated to all parties?
Link: More Cubans Have local Internet, mobile phones. (Reuters)Tags: Block, Cuba, Equipment, Internet, Intranet, Phone, Raul Castro, restriction