|Number of computers (thousands)||724||783||8%|
|Number of networked computers (thousands)||434||470||8%|
|Number of Internet users (thousands)||1,790||2,610||46%|
|Internet users/1,000 capita||159||232||46%|
|Number of .cu domains||2,225||2,285||3%|
|Mobile telephone subscribers (thousands)||1,003||1,315||31%|
|% of population with mobile access||78||78|
The new figures reveal a lack of investment. There was only a 3% gain in the number of domains registered in the .cu top level domain, indicating that few new enterprises or other organizations created Web sites or other network applications. The fact that no increase was reported in the percent of the population with access to mobile phones indicates little investment in infrastructure.
The most positive figure may be a 31% increase in mobile phone subscribers, but we should bear in mind that Cuba has second generation phones, used for conversation and text messages, not the smart phones that are increasingly used as pocket computers and Internet access devices in developing nations.
I understand that these figures are government supplied and definitions of indicators vary among agencies like ONE and the ITU, but presumably ONE's 2010 and 2011 methodology is the same. I'd welcome discussion of and alternative interpretations of these and other statistics.