Havana’s Different WiFi Hot Spots

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Fotorreportaje de Juan Suarez

HAVANA TIMES — Since mid-2015 several pay-for WiFi hot spots have been set up in the capital. While uncomfortable for users, who have no privacy and must listen to other people’s personal conversations and without anywhere to plug in, they are widely considered “better than nothing.”

The Cuban population is not permitted by the Castro government to contract home Internet service. The areas for WiFi, which at $2.00 CUC ($2.30 USD) an hour equals about 10% of the average monthly wage, are located in different centrally located places in some of the capital’s municipalities.

The new service, prohibitive for the average unskilled or skilled worker or professional living off a salary, is mainly used by Cubans with family or friends abroad who help them financially.

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6 thoughts on “Havana’s Different WiFi Hot Spots

  • January 25, 2016 at 6:29 am
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    Cuba needs a soft landing to secure a gradual shift towards a prosperous future. The Cuban government should accommodate the rising middle class entrepreneurs by offering them a level playing field where they can compete fairly with Cuban state-owned enterprises. As a small business owner myself, I have a moral and ethical duty to not exploit the life conditions of the Cuban people. I will not aim to profit from the Cuban Market; I hereby offer my professional expertise (IT, WebHosting, WebDesign, and RF Communication Engineering) free of charge for all TCPs (trabajadores cuentapropistas) in Cuba. [email protected]

  • January 3, 2016 at 6:46 pm
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    Wolf, another thought. If you go to the home page of Havana Times, on the right side in the middle is a request labeled Editors Corner. Just a heads up if you have never seen it.

  • January 3, 2016 at 6:42 pm
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    Best of luck Wolf! Generous of you but I think Google tried something a bit bigger and was shot down. If I was running Cuba, as a member of the Marxist regime, I would do everything in my power to prevent access to information.

  • January 3, 2016 at 12:14 pm
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    I am in the US and I am willing to partner with anyone in Cuba to
    establish several coffee shops with “modern” Wi-Fi throughout Cuba. I
    will provide all the computers and associated equipment including an
    “up-link” to EchoStar Satellite and all start-up and operating funds.
    You must be an IT expert with a Degree and a solid connection with the
    Castro family. Besides running the Cuban operation, it will be your
    responsibility to incorporate our new partnership and obtain all the
    required licenses, permits, and authority. Contact me at
    [email protected] or 650-421-6308

  • January 2, 2016 at 11:17 pm
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    Okay, what the hell with all these Muslims in my home city? How is this even possible? Why are they there?

  • January 2, 2016 at 7:36 pm
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    Truly the most feared access to information and truth anywhere and totalitarian regimes will be doomed by its technology! Just a matter of time….

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