Cuba says it is launching its first broadband home Internet service, a major step forward in bringing the island online and improving communication.
State telecommunications company ETECSA announced Sunday night that it would allow Cubans to order home service through fiber optic connections operated with Chinese telecom operator Huawei.
ETECSA described the new service as a pilot project, and commented that prices would be announced in the future. Most Cuban workers earn a state salary of about $25 a month. Foreign firms in Cuba pay hundreds of dollars a month for home connections for their executives.
Fiber-optic home connections will be an important milestone in Cuba, where general public access to broadband Internet began only last year, thanks to the opening of dozens of public WiFi spots.