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HAVANA TIMES — A statement by the Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA) reports today that the Internet cable connecting the island with Venezuela is now operational.

“The ALBA-1 fiber-optic underwater telecommunications cable linking Cuba with Venezuela and Jamaica has been operational since August 2012, initially providing service to voice traffic for international telephone calls,” said the company.

The note adds that “testing of the quality of Internet traffic has been performed on the system since January 10. The same has been done on real traffic to and from Cuba in order to standardize this communication link.”

Notwithstanding, ETECSA notes that after the tests are completed, this “does not mean there will be an automatic increase in opportunities for access. Investments will need to be made first in the internal telecommunications infrastructure as well as an increase in foreign exchange resources.”

The Cuban government has thereby ended its official silence on the issue while closing the door to immediate changes in internet service on the island.


10 thoughts on “Cuba Says Internet Cable Now Operational

  • Is not just about monitoring, is about selective filtering, throttling or even severing the link if the occasion requires it, after all the US see Cuba as an hostile state an in war everything is fair target.

    The bottom line is that Cuba may want a second link via US for redundancy purposes (as well as the satellite uplink); but trusting US for a primary link is a VERY bad idea and if they were that stupid they would not have lasted 50 years.

  • Newsflash: brute traffic (in and out) analysis is one thing. You don’t have to be root to do that. Package sniffing is a whole different story, and that’s what ac talked about. And Renesys took the data from Telefonica, BTW.

  • So you think the US can’t monitor the internet traffic in Cuba because they are connected to Venezuela instead? Keep in mind it was because the American company Renesys reported to an American magazine ‘Network World’ that internet traffic leaving the island has increased in speed that the Castros were forced to admit the operational status of the link. Avoiding listening ears is not the reason.

  • Yes, because trusting an openly country hostile with the communication link with the rest of the world is such a wonderful idea.

  • The entire cost of this fibre optic link was paid by Venezuela. The installation was carried put by a consortium from UK & France. The equipment came from France.

    In 2009, Obama authorized US companies to provide internet services to Cuba. The Castro government refused it.

    So much for your embargo & lack of money excuses.

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