You might remember that former President Obama decided to reset U.S. relations with Cuba after decades of nonexistent ties. It was a big step and many American companies stepped in with the president to show the Cubans that American opportunity was knocking at their door.
Google was one of the companies that made the trip and now it has become the first foreign internet company to store content in Cuba. It is a big move for Google and Cuba.
Google’s role in Cuba is also going to involve setting up Wi-Fi and broadband access on the island and back in December the company signed a deal with Cuba’s national telecom ETECSA. And so Google has become the first foreign internet company to go live in Cuba. It already made the Chrome browser available to users in the country in 2014. The servers that it has turned on are part of the company’s Google Global Cache.
The Google Global Cache is a network spread across the globe that stores content that’s popular with local users. So Cubans will now be able to experience faster speeds when trying to access content that’s popular in their area. The content stored in the country will be accessible at higher speeds since the internet will be piped in through a submarine cable that’s connected to Venezuela. Pretty sweet for the locals.
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