Cuba gets undersea cable for Internet via Venezuela

A ship laying fiber optic cable has arrived in Cuba from Venezuela to improve Internet service.

The 1,600-kilometer undersea cable linking Cuba with northern Venezuela is expected to be operational in July.

Officials say the new fiber optic cable will increase the Internet download speed in Cuba by 3,000 times.

Cuban minister of information and telecommunication officials applauded the improvements brought by fiber optics, but said the cable is not a magic wand. Cuba still needs to make infrastructure improvements, they said.

Cuba estimates 1.6 million of its 11 million citizens currently have limited access to the Internet.

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