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Cuba to launch broadband home internet

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Cuba announced that it is launching broadband internet service in two Havana neighborhoods as a pilot project.

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State telecommunications company ETECSA said it would allow Cubans in Old Havana, the colonial center that is one of the island's main tourist attractions, to order service through fiber optic connections operated with Chinese telecom operator Huawei.

Odalys Rodríguez del Toro, ETECSA director for Havana, told state media that the government would also begin allowing cafes, bars and restaurants to begin ordering broadband service.

Del Toro offered no timeline for the pilot project or rollout of broader access and said prices would be announced in the future.

In the meantime, France called on the U.S. to lift the economic embargo against Cuba during a state visit by the Caribbean island's president aimed at boosting economic relations between Havana and Paris.

The U.S. announced a normalization of relations with Cuba in December 2014, but it still maintains an economic embargo on the island.

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