Cost of internet connection in Cuba four times average annual salary of Cubans
It is yet another one of those inconvenient facts that "Cuba Experts" will never mention and will go out of their way to avoid. The cost of internet in Cuba is not only exorbitant and prohibitive, it is astronomical. In order to purchase an internet connection from the Castro dictatorship, an average Cuban would have to pony up an amount that equals four times their annual salary.
To put that into perspective, that would equal an American household paying more than $170,000 to the U.S. government for the privilege of accessing the internet, which in reality is actually a censored, highly filtered, and constantly monitored "intranet."
In Cuba, connecting to the Internet costs four times the average annual salary
You might not guess it from your Internet bill, but the United States has some of the cheapest broadband in the world -- right up there with Kazakhstan, India and Bangladesh.
That’s one of many surprising, and occasionally puzzling, revelations in a new report from the International Telecommunication Union, which tracks the use, cost and penetration of information networks around the world. Many of the overarching trends the ITU identifies are likely things you’ve heard before: Internet use is growing, particularly on phones; growth has plateaued a bit in developed countries; a huge gap remains between the most and least wired nations. That gap has, more or less, Western and wealthy Asian countries on the more wired end of the spectrum, with African and poorer Asian countries on the other.
But there are some surprises -- like where Internet access is most expensive. While a number of factors play into the cost of getting online, geography seems to matter quite a bit, at least on the extreme ends of the spectrum. Island nations have more expensive Internet, perhaps because of the unusual cost of running the infrastructure into the country. These are the countries where a monthly fixed broadband subscription is most expensive, as measured by its normalized (i.e., at purchasing power parity) cost. The first number is the cost of Internet access, relative to the average purchasing power in that country. The second number is the absolute cost.
1. Eritrea, 1596.50 ($1,951.67 USD)
2. Cuba, no cost PPP ($1,760.45)
3. Democratic Republic of the Congo, 650.91 ($400.22)
4. Kiribati, 615.46 ($428.28)
5. Solomon Islands, 502.61 ($259.17)
6. Papua New Guinea, 271.10 ($185.58)
7. Timor-Leste, 175.44 ($99.00)
8. Sao Tome and Principe, 163.14 ($116.77)
9. Vanuatu, 158.75 ($105.17)
10. Madagascar, 132.72 ($63.70)
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