According to the latest reports internet giant Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and the Cuban government have agreed a pact letting the internet giant to deliver faster entree to its data.
Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) will now able to install servers in the country to increase connectivity speeds to Google services, including Gmail and YouTube.
Reports said that this deal is also significant as it is finalized in the final weeks of Barack Obama’s presidency. However it is yet to be seen whether Donald Trump will change US policies towards Cuba.
Earlier in 2016 President Obama move forward to restore relations with Cuba, after more than five decades of aggression between the two former Cold War rivals.
Meanwhile Mr. Trump has made arguments both for and against enhanced ties with the communist-run nation since being elected last month.
The deal was signed in Havana by Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt and ETECSA president Mayra Arevich Marin. Albeit most Cubans are likely to see the deal with internet giant as a step forward, it will not change the overall online accessibility scenario in the country, who has one of the lowermost online connectivity rates in the world.
The mainstream population is not allowed access to the internet from home and must rely, instead, on expensive Wi-Fi points to get online.
“This deal allows Etecsa to use our technology to reduce latency by caching some of our most popular high bandwidth content like YouTube videos at a local level,” said Google in a statement.