Google first steps in Cuba promoting community projects

Posted: 28-May-16 09:42

The multinational technology giant, Google is now offering services to Cuba in partnership with Kcho Studio Romerillo Art Laboratory, an institution dedicated to the promotion of the arts and communitarian development in Havana. Their joint project is offering technological possibilities that were previously virtually unexplored by the Cuban population, as the speed of connection to the internet offered now is 70 times faster than the average in the island.

Google first steps in Cuba promoting community projects

Google+KchoMOR is a revolutionary project in the Cuban context, through which many people are enjoying faster access to the internet and new media technologies in an environment surrounded by art and inspiring ideas.

The initiative follows the progress that has been achieved so far in the process of restoring normal relations between the governments of the United Stated and Cuba since the end of 2015. The negotiations have opened up new opportunities for American companies in the telecommunications and media sector to build portfolios oriented to the Cuban market.

However, Google´s first steps into the Caribbean country are not aimed at obtaining big profits, as the company is not commercialising any of its products yet, but offering services and expertise on a small scale. The American multinational partnered with Kcho Studio Romerillo Art Laboratory, an institution founded by Cuban painter and sculptor Alexis Leyva Kacho as a communitarian project in a peripheral neighbourhood of Havana known as Romerillo.

Google+KchoMOR is located in said community, and provides internet connection and access to different media technologies to locals and visitors who come to Kcho´s studio in search of art exhibitions and cultural activities.

Kcho, who is not only an enthusiastic promoter of communitarian development but also a very well-known figure in the international contemporary art scene, believes that this project will contribute:

“to boost the creativity of the Cuban people, and to break barriers in a new stage towards the changes that are taking place in Cuba at present”.

The speed of internet connection in the centre is 70 times faster than in the majority of the access points in Havana, including businesses, public organisations and households. While for accessing the internet through public WiFi hotspots in Cuba, users need to pay the equivalent of 2.50 U.S. dollars per hour, at Google+KchoMOR internet connection is totally free of cost.

At Kcho´s studio Google is also exhibiting some of its most recent products, such as the Cardboard – a small device based on 3D technology that can be connected to smartphones, enabling users to watch videos in 360˚. At Google+KchoMOR, the company is also showcasing its Chromebooks, which can be used by locals and visitors for free.


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