TeleCuba gets license to install Key West to Cuba fiber optic cable
Posted: 13 October 2009 07:45 AM   [ Ignore ]
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TeleCuba Communications, Inc. (“TeleCuba”) announced today that it has been granted licenses by the U.S. Government, Department of the Treasury (“OFAC”), to install the first of its kind direct fiber optic subsea cable between Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba. The announcement comes in the wake of the Obama Administration’s removing of many of the telecommunications restrictions mandated by the embargo. “The Cable will be about 110 miles with a cost of approximately 18 Million Dollars” - says Luis Coello, President and CEO”.

“The cable will be the first of its kind,” says Virginian Hoffman of Great Eastern Group, head of TeleCuba’s cable system design, construction, and installation. “It will be far more than a simple commercial cable; TeleCuba has agreements in place to provide for multiple subsea science nodes along the cables path for use by major universities and weather management agencies for both educational and research purposes.”

The Company, which has steadily been working on this project for over ten years, expects the cable to be fully operational by the second quarter of 2011. Once in service, the use of the fiber optic cable will eliminate the need for satellite communication between the U.S. and Cuba. The new cable will allow for an array of new telecommunication products and services such as high speed internet and cable television, which are not feasible using current satellite communications.

TeleCuba was founded in 1995 by Luis G. Coello in Miami, FL. TeleCuba created the “niche” calling card market by introducing the first ever all-Cuba prepaid telephone card targeted to the Cuban market. Within six months, TeleCuba was processing 700,000 minutes a month becoming the leader of the prepaid calling card industry to Cuba. In 1996, TeleCuba applied for its first license from OFAC to initiate its own interconnection agreement with Cuba. After obtaining multiple licenses in the following years, TeleCuba was able to gain recognition as a premier provider of telecommunications services to Cuba in both the retail and wholesale markets. TeleCuba has a customer base that exceeds 120,000 Cuban-American customers in South Florida and had revenues exceeding 25 Million in 2003. TeleCuba is currently allocating all of its attention and resources on the installation of the fiber optic cable between the US and Cuba.

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Posted: 14 October 2009 06:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Publisher,  I wonder what’s your take on this and if you know who are the people behind this company.
This is an interesting note, and the time is even more interesting, just as Venezuela starts laying its much talked-about fiber optic cable to Cuba.

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Posted: 14 October 2009 11:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Don’t know anyone at that company.

Thanks for the news link on the Venezuela to Cuba fiber optic cable.

I guess the race is on to connect Cuba to the rest of the world. Not sure Fidel or Raul will like that much though. TOO much information is not good for Communist countries.

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Posted: 14 October 2009 05:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I am sure they will not like it! I remember a Cuban minister speaking that even when Venezuela provided a better connection to the internet, there was no way Cubans will get web access for all.

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Posted: 14 October 2009 05:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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For government use so they can set up cameras on every corner.

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Posted: 19 October 2009 06:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I hate to be negative but it sounds too good to be true. Too easy, and as you know my friend in Cuba nothing is easy.

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Posted: 19 October 2009 06:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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The company can run the cable to Cuba and leave it on the beach. The Cuban government will take it from there.

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Posted: 27 January 2010 01:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Just joined Havana Journal for information and news about Cuba. I am retired and have been to Cuba 7 times in the last 6 years and have many friends there.
I get a feeling from reading the little reading I have done so far that the Administrator has as axe to grind! Very discouraging.

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Posted: 27 January 2010 02:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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RKyle,

I guess that would be me.

I don’t have an axe to grind other than that Fidel stole generations of the Cuba peoples’ freedom.

Other than that, I love Cuba.

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Posted: 30 January 2010 02:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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A common thread I see is that we love Cuba because of what we see in the people and how they have coped with their sitituation. Could it be in part that alot of the Type"A” personalities have left Cuba and the majority left are “Keep your head down” types who queitly get around the “System” in some ingenious way.
Of all the politicans, ballplayers, enterainers, professors and regular job types I have met, the only overbearing one I have met is a tour guide who speaks six languages and believes he should do all the talking as he has all the answers.
We cannot change the past but the history of Cuba makes it and it’s people what they are: “A Third World Communist Coutry” that to my knowledge has the best education, health systems and resourceful people of the Third World countries.
Their approach to crime deals with the act quickly and does not fuss over the criminal being product of “Society”. It was on my 3 rd. trip to Cuba with my adult children that I started going out at night after I met a couple in their 70’s from Ottawa who have travelled all over the world. Both are about five feet tall and frail, they now spent 6 months a year in Cuba. Their reason is that they have never been robbed or threatened in any way day or night in Cuba, but had been in numerous other countries.
If the door was thrown wide open today you would have the “drug culture ” move in and that would end the safe streets.
In the last few years I have seen changes to the better, I now correspond by email with Cuban friends, gifts I use to bring down I find in stores, I have not been hissed at “Hola” on the street for about 4 years now (maybe I’m now too ugly). I was approached by a fellow walking to his work who told me my shirt material was too warm for the weather, he was right!
There seems to be more money floating around and I don’t think it is because more people are in the government’s pocket, it looks to be a trickle down effect and/or a stonger underground economy with intentionally loosen law enforcement..
Changes need to evolve slow

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