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Internet access in Cuba

Note: This article describes the details in the year 2019.

Cuba is still a developing country in terms of Internet access. For a few years tinternet was only available via satellite, and that was slow. There are now a few submarine cables, which has improved the speed, reliability and accessibility. Internet access in Cuba is basically offered by the state provider ETECSA. The internet available in hotels is just passed through to the provider as well.


Internet Zugang in Kuba

Hinweis: Dieser Artikel beschreibt den Zustand im Jahr 2019.

Kuba ist, was den Zugang zum Internet betrifft, immer noch ein Entwicklungsland. Für einige Jahre gab es nur Internet über Satellit, und das war entsprechend langsam. Mittlerweile gibt es Seekabel, was die Geschwindigkeit, Stabilität und Erreichbarkeit verbessert hat. Der Internetzugang in Kuba wird grundsätzlich vom staatlichen Anbieter ETECSA angeboten. Auch das Internet in Hotels läuft letztendlich darüber.


OpenVPN on iPad

Vacation time ahead, and the iPad in the house (who ever had the idea of buying one?) needs a proper VPN connection, in order to be able to access Netflix in Germany.

On Android it’s fairly easy: install the app, drop CA cert, private cert, and key on the device, add everything - done. Three devices ready in less than 10 minutes.

And then I tried the iPad


How to prioritize Wi-Fi connections on Android

At home I have two different Wi-Fi networks, both known to all my mobile devices. One is our internal network, password protected. The other one is an open Freifunk network. It’s nice to walk around in the village and automatically connect to other Freifunk Wi-Fi routers, instead of using expensive mobile data.

But when at home I really want my devices connected to our internal network. Makes it easy to copy files between devices, or access services only available in our internal network. Plus the native Wi-Fi connection is much faster than the Freifunk connection, which is limited by the speed of the VPN.