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    Havana's centuries-old esplanade. | Photo: Flickr / neiljs

The government began to install Wi-Fi hotspots in Havana in July 2015 and extended the network throughout the busiest areas of the city.

The Cuban government announced last week that it will soon roll out free Wi-Fi along a five-mile stretch of its iconic boardwalk, the Malecon.

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The administration of President Raul Castro said that the installation of paid internet access along Havana’s seaside esplanade will be finished before the end of the year and will soon be equipped with Wi-Fi.

The plan will cover almost four miles along the capital’s iconic pier, from Paseo del Prado to the mouth of the Almendares River, the western border of the downtown area. The government began to install Wi-Fi hotspots in Havana in July 2015 and extended the network throughout the busiest areas of the city.

The development was announced by Eduardo Monier, Head of Marketing and Communication for Cuba’s state telecommunications, who said the decision was mindful of the phalanx of young people who flock to the boardwalk daily.

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The boardwalk first began its construction in 1901.

The Malecon Wi-Fi hotspot, besides attracting more visitors to the area, is being constructed to relieve some of the pressure on many of the city’s public parks and intersections that are usually overcrowded with Wi-Fi users.

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