Havana.– After finishing its test phase on June 23, the recently installed Venezuelan-Cuban undersea cable will begin operating in July, the Venezuelan science and technology minister said during a visit to Cuba.
According to Ricardo Menendez, the ALBA-1 cable will increase Cuba’s connectivity by 3,000 percent. Cuba, which has been shunned by U.S.-based undersea cable operators, has had to rely on satellite connections to link up to the World Wide Web.
The US$72 million cable connects Cuba to the Internet both via Venezuela and Jamaica. An extension is planned to eventually reach Haiti and the Dominican Republic.