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Cuba approves first public Wi-Fi hub in Havana

Published:Monday | March 16, 2015 | 12:31 PM

Cuba's state telecom agency Etecsa has granted approval to an artist Kcho to open the country's first public wireless hub at his cultural centre.

Kcho, who has close ties to the Cuban government, is operating the hub using his own, government-approved Internet connection, and paying approximately US$900 per month to run it.

Only an estimated five to 25 per cent of Cubans have any type of Internet service.

That is because Internet access is incredibly expensive.

For instance, an hour of Internet access at a cafe can cost US$4.50 - nearly a week's wages for the average Cuban.