Here’s a New Competition for Cuba’s Tech Entrepreneurs

Here’s a New Competition for Cuba’s Tech Entrepreneurs

A new competition for Cuban entrepreneurs was announced yesterday at AngelSummit Americas in Miami. The international competition, 10x10KCuba, is a call to innovation for the island’s emerging technology sector, which seeks to help talented programmers and entrepreneurs in Cuba integrate into the global startup community. Leaders at the forefront of Cuba’s growth and development in the … Read more

Cuba Is Adding More Wi-Fi Hotspots

Cuba Is Adding More Wi-Fi Hotspots

Cuba is continuing its Wi-Fi expansion. The country’s state-owned telecom company, ETECSA, has announced its plans to install 80 new “zones” of Wi-Fi connection. Ernesto Rodriguez Hernandez, Director of Computing within the Ministry of Communications, says that the new areas are being developed with a more “comprehensive” approach, after taking advisement from territorial governments which … Read more

“Cuban Twitter” Might Hold Key to Cuba’s Reluctance in Telecom Talks

“Cuban Twitter” Might Hold Key to Cuba’s Reluctance in Telecom Talks

Shortly after President Obama announced the normalization of relations with Cuba in December 2014, his administration created exemptions around the embargo for U.S. telecommunications companies to invest in Cuba. Since then, the U.S. and Cuba have routinely held talks about expanding Internet access in Cuba, which has one of the lowest connectivity rates in the … Read more

Cuba Announces Residential Internet Service Pilot

Cuba Announces Residential Internet Service Pilot

According to an announcement made on Sunday by ETECSA, Cuba’s state telecommunications company, a pilot project to bring broadband internet into Cuban homes is moving forward. The announcement was made by Odalys Rodríguez del Toro, ETECSA’s director for Havana. Del Toro also stated that three parks will receive new WiFi service including the Castillito and … Read more

FCC Chairman Upbeat After Challenging Trip to Cuba

FCC Chairman Upbeat After Challenging Trip to Cuba

Recently, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) removed Cuba from its exclusion list. Now, US-based telecom operators can provide Internet and telephone services to Cuba without separate approval from the FCC and can export telecom equipment and products to Cuba. US State Department officials said that while the US is making efforts to conclude telecommunications agreements … Read more

New Book Profiles Cuba’s Entrepreneurs

The Cuba Journal discussed Cuba’s entrepreneurial sector and tech scene with Ted Henken, one of the authors of Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape. The book is wide in scope – but also practical for people interested in Cuba’s fascinating social and economic transformation. After reviewing the evolution of Cuba’s policies since 1959, the authors … Read more

Techweek Havana Celebrates Entrepreneurs and Cultural Engagement

The conclusion of the most epic year for US-Cuba relations since the Cuban Missile Crisis would be incomplete without the contribution of tech entrepreneurs mixing it up in Havana. Times have changed. The Cuba Journal spoke with Techweek’s Megan Scharf, Director of Communications, about the Techweek’s Cuban event and about Cuba’s present and future tech … Read more