Cuban president, CPC senior official vow to deepen China-Cuba relations

Doris Richards
July 19, 2018

Cuba began providing Internet access on mobile phones for a narrow circle of users, said on Tuesday, July 17 Reuters.

The Communist-run government started offering mobile Internet to journalists at state-run news outlets this year.

It is part of a broader campaign to expand access to the Internet, which said the new President Miguel Diaz-Kanel'.

Prior to becoming the country's president last April, Diaz-Canel as the vice president had said: "We need to be able to put the content of the revolution online", he told parliament per Reuters, he further added that Cubans could thus "counter the avalanche of pseudo-cultural, banal and vulgar content".

Forecasters stated that government's control over the public access of information reaching in the one-party island state that has monopolized media will be weakened. "I can now update on the news from wherever I am, including where the news is taking place".

ETECSA has been selling mobile data plans to elite customers since December, reported Reuters.

ETECSA has said it will expand mobile internet to all its 5 million mobile phone customers, almost half of Cuba's population, by the end of this year.

However, "the one-party system of government is also certain to remain intact", The Times says, enshrining a 2002 amendment to the constitution, drafted in response to an opposition-organised petition seeking free elections and the opening up of the economy, which declared that Cuba's socialist rule was "permanent and irrevocable".

The aim of the Cuban government to connect 60% of phones and at least half of homes by 2020 was clear as it was revealed in a leaked document that contained Cuba's internet strategy back in 2015.

Tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands more Cubans work full or part-time in private activities without a license. ETECSA President Mayra Arevich told state-run media in December it had connected just 11,000 homes past year.

"This rollout will expand slowly at first and then more quickly, if the government is increasingly confident that it can control any political fallout", Cuba expert Ted Henken from Baruch College in the USA told Reuters.

The new prosperity, often funded with capital from Cuban emigres overseas, prompted resentment and complaints from the hundreds of thousands of Cubans who still live on state salaries averaging $30 a month.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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