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Google signs internet deal with Cuba's monopoly ETECSA

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Google signed an agreement with the Cuban government granting internet users on Cuba quicker access to its branded content.

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Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet In, signed the deal with Mayra Arevich Marin, president of state telecommunications monopoly ETECSA.

It grants Cubans speedy access to the Google Global Cache network, which stores content from sites like Gmail and YouTube on servers located closer to end users.

In a country where public internet access is limited to slow and expensive Wi-Fi hot spots, it was not clear how the deal would actually impact service in the short term, Reuters reports.

“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," a Google statement said.

"This may improve reception of cached materials, but not for example email which depends on local bandwidth,” a local telecommunications technician said, requesting anonymity for fear of losing his job.

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