The Cuban Telecommunications Company (Etecsa) reported that 80 percent of the Popular Councils (communities) have Internet access, an achievement that improves the quality of life of the inhabitants of those towns.
By the end of 2021, Etecsa quantified more than seven million mobile lines, with more than five thousand radio bases installed in the national territory, bringing 4G technology to all municipal capitals in Cuba.
The president of the telecommunications monopoly in Cuba, Tania Velázquez, stressed that this result was achieved in the midst of the tightening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.
It is a priority to benefit Cuba’s rural areas. In fact, in 2021, Internet service will reach another 79 intricate and difficult-to-access areas, Velázquez pointed out.
By 2022, she said, Etecsa will create more facilities for e-commerce, enabling new ways to access the Internet from home.
Among the actions carried out in 2021 were the reduction of mobile messaging and international navigation rates.
Data center services for individuals were diversified and online videoconferencing solutions were offered for the work of companies and government agencies, said Velázquez.
Etecsa also accompanied the work in particularly sensitive sectors such as education, science and public health, she said, according to Granma newspaper.
Etecsa’s efforts were focused not only on bringing telephone and Internet services to places that did not have them before, but also on improving them where they already existed, Velázquez said.
The restriction of movement and the prolonged closure of schools, as measures to contain the pandemic, opened the way to distance learning in Cuba. Etecsa’s support to the educational sector was very important at this point.
The company allowed free access to educational content, such as the Cubaeduca web portal and the Virtual Teaching and Learning Environments platforms of the universities.
In addition, Cuban educational websites were hosted in Etecsa’s own data centers to guarantee greater availability for users.