Cuba is part of the Caribbean and I would like to cover the tech space over there. When I read the headline ‘Cuba signs deal with Google for faster internet access’ my interest was piqued. I contacted Google and they pointed me to the below posting on their blog (written in Spanish and translated into English). The US only recently re-established diplomatic ties with Cuba. I read that (at this time) home internet connections are illegal (for most) and public WiFi spots are costly and slow.
Making Google products work better in Cuba
Google and Cuba’s national telecom provider ETECSA have signed an agreement to deploy the Google Global Cache service to help improve the online experience for Cubans who are using Google products.
This deal allows ETECSA to use our technology to reduce latency by caching some of our most popular high-bandwidth content like YouTube videos at a local level. This in turn means Cubans who already have access to the internet and want to use our services can expect to see an improvement in terms of quality of service and reduced latency for cached content.
Our involvement with Cuba dates back to 2014, when we first launched a number of products that included Google Chrome, Google Play and Google Analytics. Just a couple of months ago we followed that up by making hundreds of thousands of free extensions and themes available on the Chrome Web Store to let Cuban users personalize their experience browsing the web with Chrome.
Taken together, all these projects are tied to Google’s core values to make the the world’s information useful and accessible to everyone regardless of cost, connectivity, and language barriers.