Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Linksys negotiates the sale of wireless routers in Cuba

Linksys negotiates the sale of wireless routers in Cuba / 14ymedio
Posted on April 28, 2015

14ymedio, 24 April 2015 – Linksys, the American company that makes
routers for home networks and small businesses, announced on Thursday
that it is negotiating with the United States Department of State and
other authorities to receive the necessary directions that would allow
it to distribute wireless routers in Cuba. Its intention, as affirmed by
the company through its vice president of product management, Mike Chen,
is to help overcome financial and technological obstacles that currently
prevent expanding Internet access in the country.

"Now that we are celebrating this milestone, we must also remember that
our work is not finished. Along with the launch of the #LinkYourWorld
company, we have set out the objective, together with our business
partners, to better connect the Cuban people to one another and with the
rest of the world," said Chet Pipkin, the CEO of the company. "This is
our opportunity to promote the development and growth of Cuba. We
believe that recent political changes make this effort more viable, and
we look forward to working with our partners in the industry and with
government officials to achieve this important goal."The company plans
to take the lead in connecting Cuba, taking the LinkYourWorld campaign
worldwide. The worldwide promotion will contribute to educating people
about the value and significance of internet access in daily life at
home, at work or on the go. Linksys plans to introduce programs and
interactive content on its website and its pages on social networks, as
well as in stores and value added resellers.

The announcement was made in a press conference celebrating the hundreds
of millions of routers sold around the world, a milestone achieved by
the California Company that took its first steps in 1999.

In Cuba the only way to get a wireless router is in the black market.
The price is around 100 CUC (convertible pesos, roughly US$110).

Translated by Alberto Uria

Source: Linksys negotiates the sale of wireless routers in Cuba /
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