Cuba’s Ministry of Economy and Planning has published a document in which it describes the socioeconomic strategy it will adopt to boost the economy and to tackle the global crisis caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The strategy includes the possibility of launching a Pay TV service for households for the first time in the country. Nowadays, this service is available only to hotels.
According to the Ministry, the government will assess the “feasibility” of providing a Cable TV service for households “located in areas where infrastructure requirements are met”, in order to “maximize the profitability of the existing networks”. If the project is implemented, it will be carried out by Etecsa (Cuba’s Telecommunications Company).
The Ministry has also announced that “the domestic manufacture of digital TV receivers will be increased so as to free up the 700 MHz band for 4G mobile communications”. In this way, Cuba will speed up migration from analog to digital TV with a view to the analog shutdown.