Cuba is preparing strategies for providing internet for “all Cubans” by 2020, as announced by a government official, a goal that the Washington administration considers hard to reach as long as there’s a state monopoly on telecommunications.
“The Cuban government is working so computer and Internet resources are available and accessible to all Cubans” by 2020, said the CEO of IT of the Ministry of Communications, Ernesto Rodriguez. However, this objective “can not be detached from the big issues that the country is facing, because the financial system is key to the development of infrastructure,” he added.
He stressed that the island “is prepared and strategically planned to meet” the goals of the “Agenda Conectar 2020″ for global telecommunications development, adopted in 2014 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This agenda establishes, among other goals to accomplish in 2020, that “in developing countries, 50% of individuals should be able to use Internet” and “should have access” to the network. The Internet access is very limited on the communist island. Private connections are strictly regulated by the state and are only amounted to 3.4% of households in the country in 2013, according to ITU. There are public rooms open for navigation, but the prices are very high.
For these reasons, Washington is not sure that Cuba can achieve the goals set by the ITU if they do not end the state monopoly and allow the entry of foreign competitors to be a part of their limited telecommunications market investors.