Report: Cuba using undersea fiber-optic cable

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Associated Press

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 1:02 PM

HAVANA (AP) — A new report says Cuba appears to have finally switched on an undersea fiber-optic cable nearly two years after its arrival.

Internet analysis firm Renesys says Cuba seems to have begun using the ALBA-1 cable on Jan. 14.

Until now the island's Internet service has been through satellite links, which are slower than hard-wired fiber-optic connections.

The report says routing data showed significantly faster traffic to the country starting a week ago. But it concludes that the cable is being used only for incoming traffic, with outgoing data traveling via satellite.

Cuban officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

Renesys posted its report Sunday.

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