Google and the government of Cuba, though not publicly announcing it, will sign a deal on Monday which would grant the citizens of Cuba the opportunity for faster accessibility to the internet.
Chairman of Google’s parent company, Eric Schmidt, stated he will officially sign the deal in Havana on Monday, and the two people involved for this matter have requested to be anonymous for the matter of the deal.
This entire deal would grant the Cubans entry into a network known as the Google Global Cache, which consists material from Gmail, YouTube, and Google Drive, which ultimately are all owned by Google.
Cuba has endured being one of several countries around the world that has a rather sluggish speed for Internet, and this is merely due to the fact that data must travel between internet users in Cuba that rely on servers that are situated in the United States, making the entire process far slower.
It seems that representatives in Cuba have been permitting more deals with companies from the U.S. so as to build and enhance a firmer relationship just in time for Donald Trump’s official term when it begins.
It is no coincidence that these deals are striking up after Fidel Castro’s death, famous for expressing his anti-U.S. sentiments. Cuba has granted to about three different cruise companies in the U.S. their approval in sailing to their islands.
This authorization will go in effect as of next year. The Cuban government has been accused by several U.S. businesses that in the past they have intentionally not given their upmost attention to their previous proposals, simply to hinder an advancement for economic ties between the two somewhat rival countries.
If this upcoming deal with Google proves to be successful for Cuban citizens, then anti-Castro representatives will find it challenging in a political sense to undo the matter during Trump’s presidency, as by then the ease of information passing through to both nations will have increased dramatically.
Having internet connection within your home is illegal for all Cuban citizens, which has resulted for them in resorting to share the Wi-Fi in public areas, which comes at its own price since all are forced to do the same, which reduces the speed of the internet. The servers to which Google seeks to create have not yet been decided whether they will simply just be situated closer to the island, or on the island.
An expert regarding Cuban internet, Larry Press, who resides in California, remarked on this offer with the Cubans and mentioned that it would prove to be a progression for ties between both nations, especially since Cuba has in the past usually prevented U.S. companies and groundwork for telecommunications from being accepted