MIAMI, United States. – Cuba has the lowest internet connection speed in the Latin American and Caribbean region, according to the report Worldwide Broadband Speed League 2022published on September 6.
With just 3.26 megabits per second (Mbps), the Island ranked 203rd out of 220.
The Worldwide Broadband Speed League 2022 tracked network connection speeds in 220 countries and concluded that “access to fast broadband is still very uneven around the world.”
In Latin America and the Caribbean, the best positioned country in download speed was Chile, which ranks 27th in the global ranking, with an average of 89.18 Mbps. It is followed by Uruguay, in position 42 with 59.29 Mbps, and Brazil, three places below with 53.89 Mbps.
For its part, both Colombia, Peru and Panama exceed a broadband connection speed of 30 Mbps, while Mexico appears slightly below with 27.62 Mbps.
On the other side of the classification appear, in addition to Cuba with its negative record, Venezuela (position 187, with 4.47 Mbps), Haiti (position 157 with 9.54 Mbps), Sint Maarten (position 153 with 10.01 Mbps) and the Dominican Republic (position 135 with 12.66 Mbps).
On the other hand, the five countries in the world with the slowest network speeds were Turkmenistan (0.77 Mbps), Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (0.94 Mbps), Yemen (0.97 Mbps), Guinea-Bissau ( 0.98 Mbps) and Afghanistan (0.98 Mbps).
Two of the bottom five are in Asia, one in the Near East, one in sub-Saharan Africa, and one in the former USSR. “All of these countries suffer from underdeveloped network infrastructure and low uptake of digital services among their populations,” the report specified.
It is not the first time that Cuba appears at the top of the internet-related blacklists. In April of this year it transpired that the Island had been the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean that cut internet access in 2021, according to the report The return of digital authoritarianismpublished by Access Now.
According to that report, the island’s regime responded to “the growing protests and demands for reform” by cutting off the internet and blocking social networks and virtual private networks (VPNs).
“In July 2021, while the Cubans filled the streets to demand access to food, water, medicine and vaccines against COVID-19, the Government imposed a cloak over the internet, ”says the report. “Even after restoring internet access, the authorities blocked WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal,” it adds.
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