Cuba will access the submarine cable system in the Caribbean
Telefonica, the Spanish telecommunications company, has proposed linking Cuba to its international submarine cable system. According to reports, the operator proposed to connect Cuba to a submarine cable network currently deployed in the Caribbean through a branch route.
Cuba is currently serviced by the 1,860-kilometer Alba-1 submarine cable system connecting Cuba with Venezuela and Jamaica, which was built by Alcatel-Lucent and deployed in August 2012.
Spanish President Pedro Sanchez announced the news during his official visit to Cuba. Telefónica proposes to connect the country to its submarine cable network currently deployed in the Caribbean through its feeder line as part of its Latin American infrastructure.
The local portal CiberCuba subsequently reported that former Spanish Foreign Minister and current Director of Global Public Affairs Strategy of Telefónica, Trinidad Jimenez, met with Cuban officials earlier this year to assess the possibility of a cable deployment in Cuba.
In 2017, Google became the first foreign company to provide Internet services in Cuba after opening a data server in Cuba. The company reached an agreement with Etecsa in 2016 to enable Internet users in Cuba to access their content faster.