Since Cuba has opened up its borders to the businesses of the United States, many believe that this will make room for profitable opportunities. Eric Markowitz from the International Business Times suggests that these opportunities should not be jumped on too quickly by telecommunication companies, however. It is unlikely that they would be approved to install any high-speed fiber-optic Internet cables on the island any time soon.
Tomas Bilbao says that these companies likely will not get approved to install any hardware unless they receive government approval. It’s a complicated scenario due to censorship. Besides the fact that it would extremely expensive to implement the infrastructure needed to connect the country to the Internet in this capacity, historically, the Cuban government has held a tight grasp on it. Some members are not too keen on the idea of American media being readily available to Cuban citizens.
While Verizon has not decided to build any Internet infrastructure or cell towers, the did announce that they would enter the Cuban market. They contracted with the one Cuban owned telecom company Etecsa to offer roaming services to its customers.
The Cuban government’s version of the internet is much different from other places around the world. Users cannot access sites like Facebook and Twitter, for example. That being said, companies are still trying to implement an Internet business in Havana. Perhaps it will happen sooner than later.