Informacion economica sobre Cuba
Internet Access in Cuba / Lia Villares
Posted on May 19, 2013    

See a detail of Internet charges below.

[Note: The following is translated from the ETECSA (the Cuban telephone company) website. 1 CUC, with currency exchange costs, is less than $1 US.  Monthly salaries in Cuba for the most part do not exceed $20/month and may be well below that.]

Who can apply for service to access the Internet?

Service to access the Internet is offered to legal persons and foreign natural persons with temporary or permanent residence in Cuba. For now, the service is not offered to Cuban natural persons or foreigners resident in the exeterior who come as tourists to the island (they should access it through the navigation rooms), nor to the Cuban residental sector.

Who can access the Internet in the navigation rooms?

Public Internet access is offered in our country to foreign natural persons (tourists or residents on the island) in the navigation rooms located in airports, hotels and tourist installations, as well as in the [Centers…] belonging to ETECAS’s point of sale network. [A prepaid card is required.]

Who can access the Internet via WiFi?

WiFi Internet access is exclusively for foreign natural persons, residents or tourists…

What are the charges for Wifi in hotels with wireless coverage?

1 hour: 8.00 CUC [more than $8 US]
5 hours: 35.00 CUC
100 hours: 250.00 CUC

Monthly rates for commercial clients (CUC)

PACKET-SWITCHED
integrated services through digital web
Through
Analog-switched network
rate additional hour  rate additional hour
full internet navigation
Máximo 10 horas
20.00
5.00
15.00
5.00
Máximo 30 hrs
35.00
4.00
30.00
4.00
Máximo 40 hrs
40.00
3.00
Máximo 60 hrs
50.00
3.00
Máximo 80 hrs
70.00
2.00
60.00
2.00
Only 8.00 p.m. to 7.00 a.m.
(night plan)
70.00
70.00
International email and national navigation   
Máximo 15 hrs
15.00
3.00
15.00
3.00
Máximo 25 hrs
20.00
2.00
20.00
2.00
Máximo 60 hrs
35.00
1.00
35.00
1.00
National email and national navigation   
Máximo 20 hrs
10.00
1.00
10.00

1.00

Additional mailbox
10.00
10.00
International Corporate Email    
Máximo 20 hrs
25.00
4.00
15.00
5.00
Máximo 40 hrs
30.00
3.00
25.00
4.00
Máximo 100 hrs
55.00
2.00
45.00
3.00
National Corporate Email   
Máximo 20 hrs
15.00
3.00
10.00
3.00
Máximo 40 hrs
20.00
2.00
20.00
2.00
Máximo 100 hrs
40.00
1.00
40.00
1.00


Rates for Commercial Clients (CUC)

[Translator’s note: These rates only apply to distances of 4 km. See below for the “add-on” charges for service over longer distances.]

SPEED
(Kbps)
CONTRACT
(IN YEARS)
Cost OF
instalLaTiOn
MONTHLY
COST
 64 1 año 1.500,00 9.000,00
3 años 1.500,00 8.500,00
5 años 1.500,00 8.250,00
10 años 1.500,00 8.000,00
 128 1 año 1.500,00 13.000,00
3 años 1.500,00 12.500,00
5 años 1.500,00 12.250,00
10 años 1.500,00 12.000,00
 256 1 año 1.500,00 22.500,00
3 años 1.500,00 22.000,00
5 años 1.500,00 21.750,00
10 años 1.500,00 21.500,00
 512 1 año 1.500,00 30.500,00
3 años 1.500,00 30.000,00
5 años 1.500,00 29.750,00
10 años 1.500,00 29.500,00
 1024 1 año 2.500,00 46.500,00
3 años 2.500,00 46.000,00
5 años 2.500,00 45.750,00
10 años 2.500,00 45.500,00
 2048 1 año 2.500,00 72.000,00
3 años 2.500,00 71.500,00
5 años 2.500,00 71.250,00
10 años 2.500,00 71.000,00

The local urban distance refers to a local perimeter (up to 4km). If the distance to the International Center is farther than 4 km, corresponding sums are added to this rate corresponding to the distance of the interconnection, defined in the rates of the national link.

For example, a Point-to-Point international circuit of 2 Mbps for one year, between Cuba and Canada, would have a monthly rate of:

72,000.00 CUC + 27,000.00 CUC = 99,000.00 CUC
(Cuba stretch)     (Canada stretch)     (Total)”

http://translatingcuba.com/internet-access-in-cuba-lia-villares/

 


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