Cuba gearing up to make its own smartphone with assistance of China

This step is a part of Cuba's effort to intercept up to the technology revolution. This home-build smartphone could give internet access to the millions who cannot afford imported smartphones.

Cuba: The government of Cuba island is all set and gearing up to make their own smartphone with the support of the People’s Republic of China.

This step is a part of Cuba’s effort to intercept up to the technology revolution. This home-build smartphone could give internet access to the millions who cannot afford imported smartphones.

One of the researchers of Cuban Internet at the University of Michigan – Michaelanne Thomas, asserted, “I think people would be willing to try it out, but the news is going to travel fast if it sucks.”

Thomas added that the smartphone could also give the state another form of backdoor surveillance and that she is sure that in the same style, the phones would give them more control.”

“Still, as Cubans already expect that they are being observed online, concerns that a government-made smartphone is a medium to spy on them may not weigh as heavily as one might expect,” she added.

According to the state electronics company, Gedeme, the first 6,000 models are already being convened, but the expected release date is unclear yet.

“The first trials were wavered, with the models infrequent sputtering into failure. If the phone proves to be faulty, it might be because some of the most innovative minds in technology prefer to work outside the government,” according to Thomas and the others tracing this project of the Cuban government.

Cuba has received the raw materials for the models within an ongoing partnership with the Chinese company – Huawei to obtain hi-tech parts. Earlier Huawei has helped Cuba in building its firewall, which turns some foreign websites into conspicuous blank pages.

Those phones would generally cost more than 4 months of the average government salary to the people. Despite this, the Cuban government has also announced that they would erect fifty new cellphone towers in order to provide more stable coverage to the whole island.