Tanzania has installed high-speed internet services on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro so that climbers can instantly broadcast their selfies from the summit to their social media followers.

The state-owned Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation installed the broadband network last Tuesday at an altitude of 3,720 meters, with Information Minister Nape Nnauye calling the event historic. “Previously, it was a bit dangerous for visitors and shippers who had to operate without internet.”

Coverage at almost 6,000 meters high.

He said the 5,895-meter mountain summit had Internet connectivity by the end of the year. In 2021, the Tanzanian government announced plans to build a cable car on the south side of Kilimanjaro, which did not cause much of a stir among climbers, expedition companies and environmentalists as the mountain is part of a national park as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the biggest sources of tourism revenue in Tanzania and neighboring Kenya, with around 35,000 people attempting to climb to the top each year, with an average of 10 killed.

Technology has increasingly infiltrated the world of mountaineering, with climbers on Mount Everest enjoying easy access to Wi-Fi, power generators and smartphones that allow them to share photos and make SOS calls in the event of an accident.


 

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