Monday, January 21, 2013
A high-speed fiber-optic cable connecting Cuba to the global internet appears to have finally been activated, monitoring experts have said.
Cubans currently rely on satellite connections which are expensive and slow to get online.
But the cable, which has been in place since 2011, has shown the first signs of activity, Renesys said.
Curiously, researchers noted traffic via the cable seemed only to be flowing into the country, not out of it.
He explained that in the past week it had been noted that Telefonica, the Spanish telecoms company, had begun appearing in their data for Cuba.
When contacted by the BBC, Telefonica was not able to confirm that the activation had taken place.
But Renesys' data is a strong indicator that the cable is beginning to show signs of life be it over five years since its original inception.