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Source: Google deal will make YouTube, others usable in Cuba

AP  |  Havana 

A source familiar with a deal being announced between Cuba and Google says it will make Google websites like YouTube run up to 10 times faster on the island.

Google is installing multiple servers in Cuba that will host much of the company's most popular content, the person said on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been made public. The agreement was being announced by Google chairman Eric Schmidt today morning in Havana.

Storing Google data in Cuba eliminates the long distances that signals must travel from the island through Venezuela to the nearest Google server.

The US has no direct data link to the island, contributing to painfully slow internet speeds that make sites like YouTube virtually impossible to use for many.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, December 12 2016. 22:42 IST
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