Hanover, New Hampshire-based Dyn Research reported that Mountain View, California-based Google has commenced operation of its rack of servers installed in the Republic of Cuba, based upon an agreement announced by the company with Republic of Cuba government-operated Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A. (ETEC S.A.).
Google has not disclosed whether ETEC SA paid for the (rack of) servers, with an estimated value of approximately US$100,000.00 and has not disclosed whether the equipment was manufactured in the United States, assembled in the United States, or delivered from the United States to the Republic of Cuba.
Generally, Google provides the equipment at no cost when an entity achieves certain operational thresholds; for example, number of customers accessing, or seeking to access, Google products.
The Republic of Cuba was reportedly one of approximately four countries that did not have direct access to a Google Global Cache server(s).
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