A computer factory is planned for Cuba.
The facility, said to be able to produce up to 120,000 tablets and laptops every year, is being built by Chinese company Haier. This marks the island nation’s latest foray into technology and will soon give residents a new way to obtain personal computing devices. According to state-run media, the facility will feature Intel hardware.
This factory will reportedly produce both 8-inch and 10-inch tablets, and will also produce laptops running sixth-generation Intel processors. Researchers from Cuba’s academic institutions will work on the development of an operating system and software.
No time frame for when this factory will start production has been announced. Under existing import restrictions, computers made in Cuba will likely not be allowed entry into the U.S.
Earlier this year, Cuba announced new home and business broadband Internet services will be made available through fiber optic connections operated with Chinese telecom operator Huawei. The Chinese company has plans to sell smart phones in Cuba through state-owned telecom company ETECSA.
Huawei believes its smartphones will be well received in Cuba, where Chinese products, such as home appliances, have been growing in popularity.