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Cuba Plans to Install Wi-Fi Hotspot on Havana's Iconic Malecon Seafront

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October 7, 2016
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Hotspots enable Cubans to enjoy much better internet access and a higher-speed connection than most have been used to (Reuters)

Plans to install wi-fi along 8km of Havana's iconic Malecon seafront have been announced by the Cuban government. The move will make the popular area for tourists and young people into the largest hotspot on the island.

Only about 5% of Cubans enjoy web access at home and the government still heavily restricts content, although many social media sites are available. Since last year the government has installed dozens of wi-fi hotspots in public areas, charging $2 an hour.

Although the price of wi-fi access in public places has recently dropped, it is still prohibitive for the vast majority of Cubans. The average state salary remains about $25 a month. But for better off Cubans, the move has proved popular.

The government said last year it had 65 wi-fi hotspots in service and expected 80 more to open before the end of 2016.

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Related: 3-D Images Will Allow Users to Get Virtual View of Havana Streets (Miami Herald)

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