Cuba and Venezuela working on optic fiber communication cable
Published on Saturday, December 13, 2008
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN): Venezuela and Cuba highlighted their common efforts
aimed at developing Information Technologies (IT) under the umbrella of
the Bolivarian Alternative for Our Americas (ALBA), which includes the
setting up of an optic fiber cable connecting both countries.
Cuba's Deputy Minister for Information Technologies and Communications,
Alberto Rodriguez, pointed out that the two nations are jointly working
in the setting up the underwater cable and at ALBATEL, the
telecommunications company with the ALBA Integration project, which was
created in 2004 by Caracas and Havana, Granma newspaper reports on its
Rodriguez explained that, over the next few days, they expect to
conclude technical works between the joint Cuban-Venezuelan company
Telecomunicaciones Gran Caribe and the Chinese-French Alcatel Shanghai
Bell for the construction of the optic fiber cable.
The Cuban deputy minister, who participated in the official announcement
in Caracas of the 13th Conference on Information Technologies, to be
held in Havana in February 2009, said that the project will be
implemented next January and will be ready for 2010.
At present, said the Cuban official, the technical, logistic, and
financial aspects of the project are being analyzed. The optic fiber
cable will connect a point of Venezuela's Caribbean area to the Cuban
eastern province of Santiago de Cuba.
He explained that the underwater cable will provide larger connection
capacity and higher quality service; the project is also important for
the sovereignty of both nations in international communications.