By Cuba Headlines

An American company that monitors global Internet traffic says Cuba has activated a branch of its submarine fibre-optic cable that connects to Jamaica, giving it greater bandwidth and a backup in case the main leg to Venezuela is not available.  Senior analyst at Renesys Corporation, Doug Madory, said that the company has noticed that ETECSA, the Cuban government's telecommunications monopoly, has started to receive international Internet service through Cable & Wireless Jamaica.

Madory said that indicates that Havana is now using the Jamaica branch of the ALBA-1 submarine cable that connects Venezuela and Cuba.  He said Cuba started carrying Internet traffic on the main Venezuela leg in January, although the cable was finished two years ago.

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