Cuban officials have announced that the country’s citizens will soon be able to fully use the internet on their mobile phones. Cuba is one of the last nations in the world to offer such service. Mayra Arevich is the president of the Cuban state-operated telecommunications company ETECSA. She made the announcement on national television on Tuesday. She said Cubans can begin paying for use of high speed data and voice services that use third generation, or 3G, communication networks on Thursday.
Until now, Cubans have had access only to state-operated email accounts on their phones.
The Cuban government has been building a 3G network in cities across the island. Some Cuban government officials and foreign business people and visitors have been able to use the network for several years.
Communist Party-ruled Cuba has one of the world’s lowest rates of internet use. Internet use increased after former United States President Barack Obama and former Cuban President Raul Castro eased tensions in 2014.
That growth has continued at a time when President Donald Trump’s administration has announced economic restrictions on Cuba.
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