New Wi-Fi hotspots go islandwide in Cuba next month

Posted: 20-Jun-15 10:52

To the delight and surprise of many Cubans, three days ago, Cuban newspaper, Juventud Rebelde was announcing ETECSA's plans for opening up 35 new Wi-Fi hotspots across the island. The move comes at a time when the island looks to open itself up to the world, amidst the warming of relations between Cuba and the U.S.

New Wi-Fi hotspots go islandwide in Cuba next month

The news all Cubans have eagerly been waiting for: public Wi-Fi internet access is finally going islandwide and will no longer be limited to just hotel lobbies!

Local newspaper Juventud Rebelde recently announced that ETECSA, Cuba’s national state-owned telecommunications company unveiled a plan to give locals higher speed Wi-Fi internet access in 35 new locations across the country, a new service that is expected to be up-and-running from the start of July.

Not only will this mark the first step in giving locals better access to Wi-Fi internet connection, but the new service will be offered at a cost of just 2 CUC per hour, a price that’s less than half of what wired internet connection is now charged at in cyber cafes, Telepuntos and hotels, which is between 6 to 10 CUC per hour.

Even when 2 CUC will still be too expensive for the majority of the island’s citizens it marks a step forward in giving better internet access to the masses and is perhaps an indication that prices will continue to go down in the not-so distant future.

The quality of the connection is still to be seen and while no one expects Google Fibre-style speeds, it will still be an improvement to what’s available now. Data will be capped at 1 MB per user and there might be congestion issues since ETECSA revealed that at present the infrastructure can only cope with a maximum of between 50-100 users at a time.

Wi-Fi will be accessible by anyone owning a device with built-in Wi-Fi, from smartphones to laptops or tablets.

The new hotspots will be distributed as follows:

In Havana:

  • La Rampa – From the Malecon to the Yara cinema (Vedado neighbourhood)
  • The park in Avenida 51 (La Lisa district)
  • Fe del Valle park, and in Galiano and San Rafael streets (Centro Habana district)
  • Mariano amphitheatre (Marianao district)
  • Paseo de la Villa Panamericana (Habana del Este district)

Other provinces:

  • Pinar del Rio – at two parks: Independencia and Roberto Amaran
  • Artemisa – Boulevard and Iglesia park
  • Mayabeque – Güines park and San Jose boulevard
  • Matanzas – At two parks: La Libertad and Peñas Altas
  • Villa Clara – at two parks: Leoncio Vidal and Remedios
  • Cienfuegos – at Parque Marti and at Rapido Punta Gorda
  • Sancti Spiritus – at three parks: Cespedes, Trinidad and Serafin Sanchez
  • Ciego de Avila – at two parks: Marti and Moron
  • Camaguey – Agramonte park and Plaza del Gallo Squire
  • Las Tunas – Plaza Martiana and Tanque de Buena Vista
  • Holguín – At two Parks: Calixto Garcia and Julio Grave de Peralta
  • Granma – Bayamo and Manzanillo boulevards
  • Santiago de Cuba – Parque Cespedes, Parque Ferreiro and Plaza de Marte


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