Cuba, Venezuela to be connected via underground cable

Cuba and Venezuela will establish an underground cable as part of a telecommunications project between the two countries.

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2011, 14:56 PM IST

Havana: Cuba and Venezuela will
establish an underground cable as part of a telecommunications
project between the two countries.

At Siboney Beach, a place located 8.7 miles from the city
of Santiago, a group of technicians is intensifying work to
start the installation of the necessary infrastructure, which
includes a communication center.

The start of the installation of the optical fibre cable
from a place called Cauri, near the Venezuelan port of La
Guaira, to get to Santiago de Cuba in the first few weeks of
February this year, is scheduled from January 18 to 20.

Most of the equipment and accessories for this Cuban
investment has been received.
The cable, which is 1,012 miles long, will have a
junction in Santiago de Cuba, to give Cuba the possibility to
connect with Jamaica and other Caribbean countries. The cost
of this project is estimated at around USD 70 million.

At the time the cable gets to operate, the technological
progress will multiply the transmission speed 3,000 times and
it will not block the Internet satellite services of Cuba.
This investment will help Cuba break the communication
blockade the US government has imposed over the country and
will also aid in expanding Cuba`s communication with Latin
American and Caribbean nations.

Bureau Report