Wikileaks: Cuba to Bypass US Internet Embargo via Venezuela

Look who is helping Cuba skirt US sanctions.Last week, the whistle-blower site Wikileaks published a confidential 2006 contract in which Venezuelan and Cuban firms agreed to lay an undersea fiberoptic cable connecting the countries. The cable is to be completed by 2010.

Among the agreement’s stated objectives is to build a relationship of “strategic value,” which will permit Cuba and Venezuela to increase interchange between the two governments. The proposed 1,500-kilometre cable will connect Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti and Trinidad to the rest of the world via La Guaira, Venezuela.

The contract adds credence to the opinion that the US economic embargo against Cuba has forced the country to rely on slow and expensive satellite links for Internet connectivity. It is also a prime example of how oil-rich Venezuela is seeking to build its influence. So, instead of AT&T building a 120-kilometer cable from the US, Venezuela’s CVG Telecom (Corporacion Venezolana de Guyana) and ETC (Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba) are making one ten times that length.

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