Cuba's "cyber points," which offer public Internet access, have attracted more than 100,000 paying customers in the last three months, government daily Juventud Rebelde said Thursday.
About 60 percent of clients accessed the World Wide Web, while the rest spent their time on Cuba's domestic intranet or e-mailing, the newspaper said, citing data from state telecommunications monopoly Etecsa.
Very few Cubans have internet access at home, due to a combination of politically motivated restrictions and technical constraints.
Etecsa now operates 121 cyber points where customers pay anywhere from 60 cents to $4.50 to connect to the internet, fees that many Cubans regard as prohibit in a country where the average wage is less than $20 a month.
Cuba, a nation of 11.2 million people, had only 2.87 million internet users in 2012.
The Cuban government says its immediate priority is to expand access to the internet from public places and that widespread residential internet service is years away. EFE