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1. Posted by byron_mu (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

hey, i was wondering what the internet situation in cuba was, i would like to have wireless internet while im there for a couple of months...

is that possible?

i need to have the internet at my fingertips as i am studying in school.

what about other countries...? is there a worldwide wireless internet serive or something with hotspots all over the world?

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 10y

No idea about Cuba, but there are a handful of companies that offer worldwide wireless accounts - Boingo is the biggest I know of.

3. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 10y

You won't have any problems using internet cafes in Cuba though they are expensive.

I'll get back to you on the wireless internet question. I have a couple of friends who live in Cuba who I keep in touch with. One of them is an I.T. student. I'll see what she says and get back to you.

4. Posted by anonali (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

I was in Cuba for about four weeks last summer, and I had to use the internet quite a lot. To tell you the truth I hated it.... it's expensive, i didn't find one computer that could open more than one webpage at a time, they are really really slow, there are often qeues, and since electricity in Cuba gets turned off, depending on your area, for up to half the day, it can get disturbingly tedious. Thats not taking into account the numerous times things inevitably go wrong, such as power generators blowing up on the street, computers crashing, computers being in some foreign language etc etc.... damn i hat cuban internet.... as for wireless.... i really really doubt it.... maybe for the big hotels in havana... to tell you the truth i didnt get too close to them!!

5. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 10y

Still waiting for a reply from my Cubana friend so I'll get back here about wireless in Cuba shortly.

it's expensive, i didn't find one computer that could open more than one webpage at a time, they are really really slow, there are often qeues, and since electricity in Cuba gets turned off, depending on your area, for up to half the day, it can get disturbingly tedious. Thats not taking into account the numerous times things inevitably go wrong, such as power generators blowing up on the street, computers crashing, computers being in some foreign language etc etc....

Definitely true, but there will be some international communication centres, usually situated within or near major hotels where you will find the internet runs very well, albeit very expensively. Power cuts are common in Cuba. When I was in Cienfuegos there was a 2 day blackout due to a massive thunderstorm. I remember it well as I almost got struck by lightning that evening Very scary experience!