HAVANA, May 26 (Xinhua) – The US embargo on Cuba has severely affected the telecommunications sector in the Caribbean nation, a senior official said on Wednesday.
“Between April and December 2020, the US blockade has caused damage in this field worth US $ 65 million,” Wilfredo González, deputy minister of telecommunications, told a news conference.
He said that due to the unilateral policy of the United States, the Cuban telecommunications company ETECSA did not have access to technologies and equipment authorized by American companies.
First imposed in 1962, the embargo prohibits U.S. companies from doing business with Cuba and selling products on the island with more than 10 percent U.S. components.
Telecommunications authorities said the US embargo harms service exports and blocks access to websites, e-commerce platforms and the Zoom video conferencing app.
Despite US economic sanctions, 64% of the country’s 11 million people have access to the Internet, as the digital television signal covers more than 76% of the island’s territory.