Cubans will now for the first time have the opportunity to access internet from their phones through commercial 3G service deployed across the island nation. This was announced on national television by the president of the state telecoms company (ETESCA), Mayra Arevich on 4 December 2018. Further details of the new 3G service contained in a press release has also been published on the ETESCA website.
The press release provided the basic mobile phone configurations and the short code for accessing the internet packages. The mass role out of the service is between 6-8 December 2018, after which new subscribers would have to ensure that they key in ETESCA’s APN in their compatible phone settings to access the 3G internet packages of their choice.
Internet access is growing rapidly, yet large groups of people remain unconnected to the Internet. As of 2015, about 43% of people had access to the Internet (in developing countries only 34%). Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).