Cuba Finally Gets Faster Internet—in One Direction
Inbound connection is fast, uncensored, researcher says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2013 1:03 AM CST
A fiber-optic cable to Cuba, suspended from buoys, is rolled out by a specialized ship off the Venezuelan coast.    (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

(Newser) – A fiber-optic cable to Venezuela is up and running and surfing the Internet in Cuba is no longer like watching Fidel Castro's beard grow, though connections are still pretty slow overall, analysts tell the Miami Herald. But the faster Internet only seems to be moving in one direction, with inbound traffic to Cuba going via cable and outbound traffic going via the old satellite links that made the island's Internet connections among the world's slowest.

A researcher at Internet-monitoring firm Renesys says the faster connection appears to be another sign Cuba is becoming "freer and more open"—especially since it sped up on the same day that new rules making it easier to leave the island came into effect, the BBC reports. The researcher says he doesn't believe Cuba has a Chinese-style firewall operating, as the traffic patterns do not show any sign of the periodic slowing down associated with censorship software.

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Jan 22, 2013 5:58 PM CST
Just think in another 50 years they may be able to get rid of Dial-up completely....
Jan 22, 2013 11:32 AM CST
Sounds like the halfway internet I used to see being offered. It may still be out there. But the way it worked was for the outbound page requests to be made via phone modem and the return results sent down satellite. It was mainly for rural situations. There was also a mobile installation where you could have service in a moving vehicle. The outbound requests went through cellphone and the return came down a sat link. It was replaced by a two-way sat based system.
Jan 22, 2013 4:37 AM CST
They just want fast downloads of the latest episodes of McHale's Navy. That show is very popular in Cuba.