Tanzania has installed high-speed internet on Mount Kilimanjaro

Tanzanian officials held an unusual press conference from 12,000 feet above sea level at the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro.

The fourth highest mountain in the world which is popular with climbers has inked its place in history and climbers can now post their escapades on social media from the top.

Tanzania’s Minister for Communication and Information Technology Nape Nnauye  tweeted from the mountain last Tuesday “Today … I am hoisting high-speed INTERNET COMMUNICATIONS (BROADBAND) on the ROOF OF AFRICA. Tourists can now communicate worldwide from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.”

It is estimated that 35,000 people attempt to hike to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro each year. Nnayue said that the availability of the internet on this mountain will improve safety for visitors and porters navigating the mountain. The mountain is a major tourist attraction site in Tanzania.

“Previously, it was a bit dangerous for visitors and porters who had to operate without internet. “All visitors will get connected … (up to) this point of the mountain,” Nnauye said., referring to the Horomob Hut campsite where the conference was held.

Kilimanjaro has now joined Mount Everest which has had  4G mobile connectivity since 2013 and fibre-optic broadband since 2017.

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