Today in the streets of Havana we speak only of the scarcity of food, of the inaccessibility of transport and of the Cubans – at least the richest -, They will be able to have internet through the third generation mobile network (3G). Of course, the last of these problems is the only new one for the island's inhabitants, although almost all of Latin America already uses 4G technology.
Although the authorities of the Ministry of Communications and Telecommunications of Cuba (Etecsa) have reiterated their intention to make Internet access "accessible to all", the conditions of their services say otherwise.
According to engineer Ramón, 42, "prices are due to a heart attack. It is an armed robbery and, at least, generates indignation because very few people will have the opportunity to connect to the Internet. It looks like one earns a thousand dollars a month. Obviously, those who decide these rates are crazy and it is clear that none of them has to pay them, but they enjoy this service for free.
"I think that from Etecsa you could only hope that the mobile internet would go to the millionaires of Cuba and that you forget those who have less chance.The price is too high simply because what it costs to consume 1G is equivalent to a third of the salary of a Cuban average Those who can pay for the service will be able to pay for 15 days of connection, of course, by checking only a few sites, chatting very little and forgetting to download photos, videos, etc. ", underlines.
The price is too high simply because what it costs to consume 1G is equivalent to one third of the salary of a Cuban average
There are network citizens who ensure that 1 Gb reaches only six to seven days if "it is saved", that is, it uses it to check e-mails and clear sites because an average page "weighs" from 3 to 5 Mb, which would allow a little over 200 visits with 1Gb.
Likewise, since the cost of connecting to the national sites will be the fifth part of the international connection, some propose to Etecsa to free at least one informative web page because it is a citizen's right to access the news.
A tenor with the Yosvany computer, 34 ", we know that the connection by volume is not to download movies, but we can not forget that there are applications like Imo (which are the most used by most Cubans because they have a relative or a friend out of the country), which will not be feasible because in two hours it would consume about 600 MB, that is, that two hours in the Imo would cost 7CUC, 3.5 times more than in a Wifi.
For many it is not worthwhile to hire or the cheaper package because their families spend some work to find out what to eat and what to wear
"For many it is not worthwhile to hire or the cheaper package because their families spend time finding what to eat and what to wear.This is a service for people who receive remittances and top-ups from abroad or for those who have I have no choice but to wait for a reduction, which will be postponed, and move on to Wi-Fi when I can, "he adds.
The directors of Etecsa have recommended that, to download applications, videos, music, etc., Wi-Fi zones or navigation rooms continue to be used. Just to give an example, "download" a standard film, which "weighs" about 800Mb, with the Cuban mobile Internet could cost between 6 and 9CUC if you have a plan, and about 83 CUC if you opt for an unlimited connection.
In the words of the university student Leyani, "walking with the Internet on the phone requires knowledge that many users, especially the elderly, do not have because they do not even know what 3G is.This mode can" eat "the balance in a minute if not it is used well.
"In addition, it includes some packages that expire a month after using it for the first time.Why should they have an expiration date? If we buy a (rather expensive) package we use it as we understand.What step we take is limited. One side, but they take us away from the other Internet plans in any country in the world expire at a given moment because they are made to consume, but in Cuba people do not connect or charge like the rest of the world. universe ", explains the young woman.
As N @ RDO_UCI points out on the website of Cubadebate, it is not clear that the Minister of Communications has made it clear that the initial prices of the service are to avoid collapses that compromise the quality of the service, and that, on the other hand, is forced users to surf the net to spend the megas they took in 30 days.
We will have to see if the service, which is charged as gold, will be at least efficient. I had the opportunity to take full advantage of the Internet from the mobile data in the tests conducted and, although the traffic was higher than it should be now, I consumed about 300 MB in three days
Even a forist indicates that "it will be necessary to see if the service, which is charged as gold, will be at least efficient." I had the opportunity to take full advantage of the mobile data in the tests performed and, although the traffic was higher than that that should be now, I consumed almost 300 MB in three days ".
An official Etecsa communication warned that in the first days of service operation there could be problems in some areas or areas.
Between August and September, Etecsa carried out three tests to activate the navigation service on mobile phones, which caused difficulties in connection and practically the paralysis of mobile telephony on the island.
Cuba opened the mobile phone service in 2008 and was one of the few countries on the planet that until today was not able to connect to the Internet through data.