Communications - Internet & WiFi
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The «Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S. A.» (ETECSA), in English: Telecommunications Company of Cuba, is the government owned service provider for the entire country. Their services include: Telephone, Mobile Phone through their Cubacel branch, and internet through their NAUTA branch.
Internet corner in hotels (wired computers):
Almost every hotel and resort in Varadero offers internet access to their guests, computers are usually located in the lobby area. You have to buy a NAUTA Prepaid Internet Card (Tarjeta de Navegacion), they cost 1 CUC for 60 minutes since Nov. 2017 (although it has been reported that many hotels still charge 1.50 CUC). On these cards there's a scratch-off area to reveal the Login (Usario) and Password (Clave) that you will use to sign-in using the access software installed on the computer.
Wi-Fi Internet access (in hotels):
Since late 2012 more and more hotels in Cuba offer Wi-Fi access for guests who prefer to use their own device. In Varadero almost every hotel offers Wi-Fi in the lobby area and sometimes in other common areas, and since 2015 some new hotels are beginning to offer in-room WiFi. You have to buy a NAUTA Prepaid Internet Card (Tarjeta de Navegacion) at a cost of 1 CUC for 60 minutes since Nov. 2017 (but it has been reported that many hotels still charge 1.50 CUC). On these cards there's a scratch-off area to reveal the Login (Usario) and Password (Clave) that you will use to sign-in.
Don't forget to sign-out after your session, so you can use the remaining minutes later. The NAUTA Prepaid Internet Cards remain valid for 30 days from the first connection. They also have an expiry date (shown on the back), always check to see if this date is not too close when you purchase the card.
Internet access at a ETECSA Internet Center :
Since the summer of 2013, public access to the Internet has been greatly improved with the opening of hundreds of Internet centers (Salas de Navegacion) all over the country. In Vardero/Cardenas, there are eleven of them.
(see the list here: www.etecsa.cu/internet_conectividad/salas_de_navegacion/).
Public WiFi Hotspots:
Their locations in Vardero are: Centro Plaza América, Centro Comercial Plaza Hicacos, Plaza las Morlas, Complejo Todo en Uno, Parque Boca Camario.
See also: Phone Calls (landline and cellphone)
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