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    Cuba Tests Fiber-Optic Internet Cable

    FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2011 file photo, people stand on a breakwater, with a Venezuelan flag, left, and a Cuban flag, as a specialized ship rolls out a fiber-optic cable, suspended from buoys, off La Guaira, Venezuelan coast. Cuba's state telecom monopoly confirmed Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 that the island's first hard-wired Internet connection to the outside world has been activated, but said it won't lead to an immediate increase in access. The $70 million ALBA-1 arrived on the island from Venezuela in February 2011 to great hoopla, but officials soon stopped mentioning the cable amid rumors of mismanagement and corruption involving the project.  (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

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    The country with the world's second-worst Internet service is about to join the modern connected world. On Thursday, the ETECSA, Cuba's telecom monopoly, acknowledged that the country's first hard-wired fiber-optic Internet cable has been activated. Up until now, Internet in Cuba has been sourced through satellite links, which don't reach most citizens, for whom access to the Internet is limited. The project began in 2011 and ETECSA is quick to warn that though the ALBA-1 fiber-optic cable is activitated, it's still in the testing stage and won't mean an instant access increase. 

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