Cuba preparing to roll out 3G nationwide in 2018

Cuba’s state-owned telecommunications operator Etecsa has announced that it’s ready to launch a nationwide 3G service this year after spending the past 5 years installing base stations all over the country. Travel to Cuba? Find out more about Cuba 3G service below.

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Cuba’s state-owned telecommunications operator Etecsa has announced that it’s ready to launch a nationwide 3G service this year after spending the past 5 years installing base stations all over the country.

The company has already activated a pilot 3G service in Santiago and Camaguey as well as the Cuba Roaming SIM card in partnership with Digicel.

READ MORE: Digicel Cuba Roaming SIM card will no longer be available … 

Local portal CiberCuba reported that last year increased the number of mobile base stations to 679 and is hoping to reach a mobile telephony penetration of 50 percent this year, up from barely 30 percent in 2015. cuba 3g

 

Until now, locals have mostly relied on wi-fi hotspots and internet cafes and the 3G service has been restricted to state-employed journalists and foreign businesses among others.

This will change – but many will still be unable to afford the new contracts.

Etecsa’s packages range from a month’s use of 600MB of data for 7CUC ($7; £5.50) to 4GB for 30CUC.

Users get a bonus 300MB use of local .cu domain websites.

But the average state wage for the island’s 11.2 million residents is the equivalent of about $30 per month.

 

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