Fast internet at the highest peak in Africa

Fast internet at the highest peak in Africa

(CNN) — Climbers ascending Mount Kilimanjaro can now document their ascents in real time on Instagram, following a recent decision by Tanzanian authorities to install high-speed internet on the slopes of the mountain.

Mount Kilimanjaro is found in northern Tanzania and is Africa’s highest peak, towering over 19,000 feet (nearly 5,900 meters).

The broadband service was set up by the Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation and launched on Tuesday, the information ministry said.

“Today on Mount Kilimanjaro: I’m hoisting BROADBAND INTERNET COMMUNICATIONS (BROADBAND) to the ROOF OF AFRICA. Tourists can now communicate worldwide from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. WE GO TO PEAK UHURU at 5,880 meters above sea level!” tweeted Nape Moses Nnauye, Tanzanian Minister of Information, Communication and Information Technology.

Nnauye said it was not safe for tourists to navigate the mountain without an internet connection.

Technology now plays a huge role in mountaineering.

Beyond the fun of uploading climbs to social media in real time, experts have found internet connectivity to be useful in improving climbers’ awareness and helping to guide their climbs.
“Before, it was a bit dangerous for visitors and porters who had to operate without internet” on Mount Kilimanjaro, Nnauye said at the launch on Tuesday, adding that internet service will be extended to the top of the mountain by the end of the day. end of the year, AFP reported
Kilimanjaro National Park, home to the huge peak, is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and provides some of Tanzania’s tourism revenue.
Thousands of adventurers climb Kilimanjaro each year and many attempt to reach the top, according to a popular guide service.
Deployment of internet services on Mount Kilimanjaro hailed by Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania Chen Minjian.
China is jointly funding the Tanzanian government’s efforts to expand access to ICT infrastructure.

Top image: A view of Mount Kilimanjaro from Satao Elerai Conservancy in Kenya. (Roger de la Harpe/Education Images/Universal Images Group/Getty Images)

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