Google just launched new servers on Wednesday making it the first foreign internet company to host servers in the long cut-off country.
These new server are a part of Google’s caching servers called GGC nodes. The nodes work by storing popular content on a local server to reduce ping and improve load times of those who are in that particular region. This means as opposed to connecting to servers in Venezuela Cuban Googler’s will now be able to use the Google server in their own country.
“I think this will be very noticeable for Cubans,” said Doug Madory, director of internet analysis at Dyn, a global internet monitoring company. “The internet in Cuba will still be a painfully slow process. This is just another somewhat rare step forward. For Google services, which will be hosted in country, it will be a milestone.”
Admittedly this won’t be of much use because Cuba has the lowest level of internet access in the western hemisphere, and its quite expensive as an hour of internet costs $1.50 which is troubling as the average Cuban earns a wage of $25 a month.
Etecsa the Cuban State Telecommunications company began running a pilot program where it was going to install internet connections in over 2,000 homes through out the country but once the pilot is over the service will cost around $15 for 30 hours of internet at a slow speed of 128 kilobytes per second.
Google executives wrote, “Cubans who already have access to the internet and want to use our services can expect to see an improvement in terms of quality of service and reduced latency for cached content.”