By Juan O. Tamayo

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Cuba has activated a branch of its submarine fiber optic cable that connects to Jamaica, giving it greater bandwidth and a backup in case the main leg to Venezuela is not available, according to a U.S. company that monitors global Internet traffic.

Doug Madory, senior analyst at Renesys in Maine, said that on May 13 the company noticed that ETECSA, the Cuban government’s telecommunications monopoly, had started to receive international Internet service through Cable & Wireless Jamaica.

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