Cubans cheer as internet goes nationwide for a day

HAVANA, CUBA (AUGUST 14, 2018) (REUTERS) – Cuba on Tuesday (August 14) provided free internet to more than five million mobile phone users in a eight-hour test before beginning to sell the service in the near future, state-run telecommunications monopoly ETECSA announced.

The Caribbean island is one of the Western Hemisphere’s least connected countries and Tuesday marked the first time in its history that internet services were available from one end of the country to the other.

There are hundreds of WIFI hot spots in the country, but virtually no home penetration.

Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, considered the country’s social media pioneer, raved that she had directly sent a tweet from her mobile and in another called the test a “citizen’s victory”.

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  • Americas
  • Technology
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  • Cuba
  • Mobile phone
  • Havana
  • Telecommunications in Cuba
  • Internet in Cuba

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