Lonely Planet Writer

Cuba’s internet access to improve with 35 public wi-fi hotspots

Havana, Cuba.
Havana, Cuba. Image by Thomas Münter / CC BY 2.0

Thirty-five new public wi-fi hotspots are set to make it significantly easier for people in Cuba to jump online, in what is one of the world’s least connected countries. The wi-fi hubs, which will launch in July, will be spread across the country from the western province of Pinar del Rio to the eastern province of Guantanamo, with five in the capital Havana. Wi-fi will cost CUC$2 (US$2) for one hour online, which pegs it as a low-cost service compared with the present rate of CUC$4.50 an hour for desktop internet access. The service will operate under the code name WIFI-ETECSA and run off the local Nauta.cu domain as a service available to temporary and permanent users. Internet accessibility is one area that observers forecast would be set to improve following US President Obama’s move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba last December. Read more: caribbeannewsnow.com