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Posted on Thursday, 05.24.12

Venezuela: Fiber-optic cable to Cuba is working

The Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela — An undersea fiber-optic cable that was laid last

year between Venezuela and Cuba is working, a Venezuelan government

official said Thursday.

The cable was rolled out starting in Venezuela and reached eastern Cuba

in February 2011. But 10 months after the system was supposed to have

gone online, Cuba's government has not recently mentioned the cable, and

the Internet on the island remains the slowest in the Western

Hemisphere. The link had been expected to promptly improve the speed of

the Internet in Cuba.

Jorge Arreaza, Venezuela's science and technology minister, said that "a

few months ago we signed all the remaining protocols, all the necessary

security measures with the Cuban government."

"It's absolutely operational. It will depend on the Cuban government

what it uses it for. Of course that's their sovereign matter, but we

know that the undersea cable is in full operation," Arreaza told reporters.

The project was carried out last year by the company Alcatel-Lucent SA

of France for the state telecommunication companies of Venezuela and

Cuba. The cable stretches about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) from

Venezuela across the Caribbean Sea to Siboney in eastern Cuba. From

Cuba, an extension of about 150 miles (240 kilometers) was also laid

from Cuba to Jamaica.

Arreaza said officials are considering the possibility of another branch

stretching to the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the

Dominican Republic.

He said Venezuela's telecommunications system benefits from the new link

to Jamaica because it offers additional connections to other undersea

cable systems running toward the United States and Europe.

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