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  1. #1
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    [EN] Google em Cuba

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    April 28, 2017

    Google this week started bringing online servers in Cuba that cache its content.

    Dyn Research, the research arm of the Oracle-owned DNS giant Dyn that tracks the internet’s health worldwide on a daily basis, noted the launch on Wednesday. Google confirmed that the servers had gone online this week in an email to The Verge.

    Cubans can now access Google’s content, such as YouTube videos, faster because it is stored locally and doesn’t have to travel over a submarine cable from Venezuela.

    Doug Madory, director of internet analysis at Dyn, told BuzzFeed:

    “I think this will be very noticeable for Cubans. 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.”

    Google got to connect its servers to Cuba’s networks by making a deal with ETECSA, the island’s state-run ISP monopoly. It touted the deal in December, following a signing between Google chairman Eric Schmidt and ETECSA president executive Mayra Arevich, as reported by The Guardian.

    It’s unlikely that Google actually built a data center in Cuba to do this. The company leases colocation space for its edge nodes, and its Cuba node is likely to be hosted in an ETECSA facility.

    The content cached on Google servers in Cuba likely originates at the company’s core data center in Quilicura, Chile, and makes several hops before it reaches the landing station in Venezuela.

    As of Wednesday, Dyn’s Madory could not get a remote server in Cuba to connect to Google’s network via Google’s servers on the island, which means the new caching site is a work in progress:

    “I can see the server is there and I can interact with it, but Cubans are not yet getting automatically connected to it.”

    More Connectivity and Faster Internet for Cubans?

    Far from it. Those on the island lucky enough to have regular internet access will see Google’s services perform faster, but the move will make zero to little difference for the majority of the population.

    Home internet connections are illegal for most, but ETECSA has an ongoing pilot program meant to eventually connect 2,000 homes. Once the pilot is complete, the telco will switch to a paid service, which is expected to cost $15 to access the internet for 30 hours at 128 kbps, according to The Associated Press. Considering that an average Cuban makes $25 per month, it’s hard to expect a flood of new internet users to log on.

    Most people in the country connect to the internet via public WiFi hotspots, paying $1.50 per hour.

    http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/a...-comes-online/

    BTW titulo da matéria: Google’s Edge Data Center in Cuba Comes Online


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    Google Global Cache is now available in Cuba


    Google's head of Cuba operations, Brett Perlmutter, center right, and Alexis Leiva Machado, a Cuban sculptor known as Kcho, center left, walk inside the new Google Technology Center in Havana, Cuba in 2016. Ramon Espinosa AP

    Nora Gámez Torres
    April 26, 2017

    Cubans can access Google sites faster now that Google Global Cache (GGC) service is available on the island, an internet analysis firm announced Wednesday.

    “GGC nodes in Cuba finally went active in the past 24hrs,” Doug Madory, director of Dyn Research, wrote in an email. “It is a milestone as this is the first time an outside internet company has hosted anything in Cuba.”

    Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Google Global Cache allows users to store content from Google services such as Gmail and YouTube on local servers, in this case those of the state telecommunications monopoly ETECSA. The agreement between Alphabet, Google’s parent company, and ETECSA was signed in Havana in December.

    “This will only improve Cuban users experience with Google webpages, with the most notable improvement being in loading YouTube videos,” Madory explained. “Video is very traffic intensive and caching popular videos locally will improve load time and relieve strain on ETECSA’s congested international links.”

    After former President Barack Obama started a process of normalization with Cuba, Google has made several attempts to improve internet access on the island, which has one of the slowest connections on the planet, despite the existence of submarine cable ALBA-1. Internet penetration is also one of the lowest in Latin America and ETECSA is one of the companies most criticized by Cubans.

    However, the Cuban government rejected a more ambitious Google plan to expand the internet on the island. Google then opened a technology center with free high-speed internet service in the studio of artist Alexis Leiva Machado, known as “Kcho”.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nati...146903509.html

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    Cubans can now access Google’s content, such as YouTube videos, faster because it is stored locally and doesn’t have to travel over a submarine cable from Venezuela.

    ...

    Home internet connections are illegal for most, but ETECSA has an ongoing pilot program meant to eventually connect 2,000 homes. Once the pilot is complete, the telco will switch to a paid service, which is expected to cost $15 to access the internet for 30 hours at 128 kbps


    “Video is very traffic intensive and caching popular videos locally will ... relieve strain on ETECSA’s congested international links.”

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