ETECSA announces pilot program to bring Internet to Havana households

cuba-cell-phone-mobileAccording to ACN, Havana will have 30 new WiFi zones in 2016, two more per municipality, which will facilitate access to the service, says Odalys Rodríguez del Toro, director of the Havana Division of Cuba’s Telecommunications Enterprise (ETECSA). The goal for this year is to have three parks with Internet access in each municipality and to provide service to other heavily transited areas. In addition, the company will begin a pilot project to start bringing internet service to households.

An important innovation for 2016 is to conduct a pilot project in two popular areas of Old Havana, in order to begin bringing Internet access to homes in the near future, Rodríguez del Toro said. She explained that these connections will be through fiber optics, thanks to an agreement with the Chinese company Huawei, and that service rates will be announced subsequently.

As for the WiFi access areas, to date there are 17 in the capital, distributed through all regions except Cerro and Cotorro, which will have access in next few days. In addition, the service will reach places like Expocuba, the cruise terminal in Old Havana; the new cultural project Guayabera, in Alamar; and the International Conference Center in the Playa region.

The goal for this year—announced Rodríguez del Toro—is to have three parks with WiFi access by municipality and to reach other areas with large crowds such as El Castillito and the Cuba Pavilion [Pabellón Cuba], Plaza de la Revolution, and Balneario Universitario [University Beach Recreation Area] in Playa, and in the future, cafes, bars, and restaurants that request the service.

In order to develop these new access areas, she clarified, there is a need for the support of the Council of the Provincial Administration and that the entities responsible for the parks help present ideal conditions for the public’s Internet access and use, such as lighting, benches, and trimmed trees.

“The company’s strategy is to expand in cell phone access (because this is the future), which we will increase to 60 radio bases and repair 69 of them,” said the director of the ETECSA Division. [. . .]

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