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Cuba and Venezuela Working on Optic Fiber Communication Cable
Venezuela and Cuba highlighted their common efforts aimed at developing Information Technologies (IT) under the umbrella of the Bolivarian Alternative for Our Americas (ALBA), which include the setting up of an optic fiber cable connecting both countries.

Cuba’s Deputy Minister for Information Technologies and Communications, Alberto Rodriguez, pointed out that the two nations are jointly working in the setting up the underwater cable and at ALBATEL, the telecommunications company with the ALBA Integration project, which was created in 2004 by Caracas and Havana, Granma newspaper reports on its website.

Rodriguez explained that, over the next few days, they expect to conclude technical works between the joint Cuban-Venezuelan company Telecomunicaciones Gran Caribe and the Chinese-French Alcatel Shanghai Bell for the construction of the optic fiber cable.

The Cuban deputy minister, who participated in the official announcement in Caracas of the 13th Conference on Information Technologies, to be held in Havana in February 2009, said that the project will be implemented next January and will be ready for 2010.

At present, said the Cuban official, the technical, logistic, and financial aspects of the project are being analyzed. The optic fiber cable will connect a point of Venezuela’s Caribbean area to the Cuban eastern province of Santiago de Cuba.

He explained that the underwater cable will provide larger connection capacity and higher quality service; the project is also important for the sovereignty of both nations in international communications.


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