Cuba has one of the lowest internet/telecom penetration rates in the Western Hemisphere. It is estimated that only 5% of Cubans have access to the internet, compared to an average of 70%-200% penetration rate in most countries.
Public internet connectivity is limited and slow and costs anywhere from $4.50 to $10.00 an hour. Challenging, in a country where the average monthly wage is very low ($30.00 – $100.00).
In his historic announcement to normalize relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama authorized “Increased telecommunications connections between USA and Cuba”. The new regulations include a general license that authorizes companies to “establish mechanisms to provide commercial telecommunications services in Cuba or linking third countries and Cuba.”
Expectations are high for Cuba, as it moves into business partnerships in a globalized world of trade, commerce and investment. Cuba and its hopeful trading partners are counting on the gradual and profitable opening of the island’s economy – a marketplace that decades-old U.S. embargo has largely kept closed to Cuba but is on the verge of delivering huge profits for bold and well-timed American investors. However, Cuba’s internet and telecommunications infrastructure – the engine and lifeblood that will power its new economy, needs a major upgrade to support new unprecedented growth.
EneriVisions is leading the way as one of the first US based Telecommunications Engineering firms engaging Cuba in hopes of a partnership to transform its telecommunications infrastructure into a world class – 21st Century Network.