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Venezuela to install undersea fiberoptic telecommunications cable to Cuba

Posted June 10, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Business.
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Xinhua

Cuba and Venezuela will install an undersea optical fiber cable connecting the two countries to counter U.S. embargo, Cuba’s official daily Granma reported Monday.

The cable will have a total capacity of 640 gigabytes with 320 for each optical fiber, increasing by 3,000 times Cuba’s data, voice and video transmission capacity with other countries, said Carlos Orfilia, the Venezuelan official adviser of the project.

He said advanced technology would be used to guarantee Cuba and Venezuela’s independence in telecommunications.

This project will end Cuba’s dependence on satellites services made expensive due to the U.S. embargo, said Wilfredo Morales, director of the Telecomunicaciones Gran Caribe Company, the Cuba-Venezuela joint venture created to build and operate the planned cable.

The decades-long U.S. embargo on Cuba has prevented other telecommunication companies from connecting lines to the island, like that of Miami-Cancun, which is only 32 km away from pier of Havana.

As a result of the cooperation efforts by the Bolivarian Alternative for America (ALBA), a regional integration initiative joined by Bolivia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Venezuela, the 1,550-km long optical fibre cable will connect Camuri of northern Venezuela with Siboney in east Cuba.

According to experts, the fiber will be as thick as a human hair and covered with a special material to protect it against sharks.

The cable designed with bifurcation may benefit other countries like Nicaragua and Haiti in the future.

Granma said the selection of the supplier will end in August and the cable installation will complete at the end of 2009 at the earliest.

Editor: Sun Yunlong

Member Comments

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On June 10, 2008, publisher wrote:

I wouldn’t hold my breath for Internet in Cuba any time soon.

Done by late 2009 at the earliest? Good luck. So, let’s call it 2010 and the cable is coming into Siboney. Can they get it any farther from Havana?

Add about five years maybe for fiberoptic cable to come into Havana.

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On June 10, 2008, abh wrote:

Internet for Cubans would be great, personally I’m just waiting for the day when I don’t have to pay a dollar a minute to call them.  Ridiculous.

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On June 15, 2008, Mike Gilchrist wrote:

I personally think that Internet should be available everywhere. I realize that there are limitations do in major part to Bureaucratic BS, but it is possible and Fortunately The Embargo is closer and closer every month to being gone. I am heavily looking forward to the day that I can travel there to see this country. It is the 1 country in the Caribbean that I have yet to see other then passing by on a ship.
Never Give up and everyone needs to keep posting about everything that Cuba may and may not have to offer.
Thanks,
Mike G

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On June 16, 2008, manfredz wrote:

hope you get your wish MIke, especially before Cuba changes too much.
I won’t kid anyone, There’s a lot of depressing things about Cuba, but there’s also a whole lot of magic, that will probably disappear in parts as time goes on.