Wifi Coming to the Malecon

The Cuban government recently announced they would be expanding their wifi hotspots to include all five miles of the Malecon. Although the service will be continue to be very expensive for ordinary Cubans, the increase in access points will be welcomed. This is the next step in a government program that began a year and a half ago. In order to increase internet access to … Continue reading Wifi Coming to the Malecon

Pokemon Go-es to Cuba. Well, sort of

Pokemon Go, the smash-hit augmented reality game from Niantic, has broken records and already played in countries all over the world. Now it can add Cuba to the list. Downloading the app isn’t permitted in Cuba because the game is only available in certain countries and the Google Play and Apple App stores don’t work the country. Despite this, users are accessing the game using … Continue reading Pokemon Go-es to Cuba. Well, sort of

The Internet in Cuba: Wifi Hotspots

Part of our ongoing series about the internet in Cuba, we look at one way many Cubans and tourists get their internet: Wifi hotspots. A relatively new phenomenon in Cuba, these hotspots are completely unlike anything in the United States. The program started in the summer of 2015, when the Cuban government opened up hotspots in 35 locations throughout the country, mostly located in Havana … Continue reading The Internet in Cuba: Wifi Hotspots

Kcho+Google Offers Internet to Cubans, with Limitations

A big announcement out of Cuba a few months ago was the launch of Google’s internet center at Kcho’s studio. Kcho, famous Cuban artist Alexis Leiva Machado, a close friend of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, gained permission from the Cuban government to provide internet access and, perhaps just as importantly, Google-supplied Chromebooks at his studio in Havana. Google had earlier approached the Cuban government with … Continue reading Kcho+Google Offers Internet to Cubans, with Limitations

The Internet in Cuba: An Overview

In Cuba, internet access is severely limited for average citizens. The vast majority of homes do not have an internet connection, and most Cubans rely on public wifi hotspots for access. Despite these challenges, there a several legitimate and less-than-legitimate ways that Cubans have access to the internet. We’ll be discussing each of these in depth in future articles: The Legal Intranet: Most Cubans work … Continue reading The Internet in Cuba: An Overview