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In an effort to break long standing US sanctions against Cuba, Venezuela is now laying a high-speed underwater fiber optic cable to the Caribbean nation.
A French ship began reeling out the 16-hundred kilometer cable on Saturday morning. Several Venezuelan ministers attended a small beach-side ceremony.
The vessel is expected to reach eastern Cuba by February 8th. Cuba is one of the least connected countries, with Internet access limited to officials, companies, academics and some professionals.
When the 70 million US dollar cable is operational, it will offer a data transmission speed of 640 gigabytes. However, financial and technological problems mean Cubans will continue to rely on local computer clubs, work places and schools.
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