Cuban Phone Company Lowers Fees to Surf Government Controlled Internet Sites

A woman connects to the internet in the Wi-Fi zone of La Rampa, in Havana. (Photo EFE)

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Havana, 30 March 2017 – On Thursday the Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA) reduced its fees for internet access to Cuba-based sites from 0.25 to 0.10 CUC per hour (roughly 10 cents US). The price reduction, the second in less than four months, seeks to capture users to navigate in local sites with very little popularity.

The new fee has been implemented “in order to facilitate the search of websites of cultural, informative and investigative interest with national content,” according to an ETECSA statement. Along with the lowering the cost of national websurfing, the company has also lowered the minimum cost of a recharge to 0.10 CUC.

“Multiple websites and portals exist in our national network that will allow you to carry out school tasks and get to know the cultural billboards throughout the country,” the statement said.

The Government has a monopoly over the hosting of sites on national servers and all domains ending in .cu are under its control. However, surveys conducted among Cuban Internet users reflect their preferences for connecting to social networks such as Facebook or Twitter, as well as international news sites, services, chats and dating sites.

For customers who want to receive more information, ETECSA’s Business Information service is available by dialing 118.