Travellers ascending Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest peak) can now upload their triumphs instantly on their favourite social media platform; following a move by the authorities in Tanzania to provide high-speed internet on Africa’s Highest mountain.
Mount Kilimanjaro, nestled in northern Tanzania, stands at over 19,000ft (nearly 5,800 metres).
The High-speed internet service was set up by the Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation and launched on Tuesday, 23 August, the information ministry said.
“Today Up on the ROOF OF AFRICA – Mount Kilimanjaro: I am hoisting high-speed broadband service. Tourists and travellers can now share their pics worldwide from the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. WE ARE Moving TO UHURU PEAK 5800 Meters” tweeted Tanzania’s minister of information, communication and information technology – Nape Moses Nnauye.
Nnauye further stated that it was dangerous for tourists to ascend the peak without a net connection. Mount Everest, the world’s most elevated mountain, has Wi-Fi services already at the base camp. Thus, technology will play a prominent role in mountaineering expeditions in the future.
Besides sweetening the thrill of uploading ascends on social media in real-time, experts believe that the High-speed Broadband connectivity will be useful in helping improve the awareness of climbers and guide their climbs.
“Earlier, it was a bit treacherous for travellers and climbers who had to hike without internet on Mount Kilimanjaro,” Nnauye said at the launch on Tuesday, adding that High-speed internet service will be installed at the summit of the mountain by the year-end.
Contributing 1/3rd of Tanzania’s tourism revenue, Mount Kilimanjaro, is Africa’s Prime Attraction and is protected by the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Tens and thousands of thrill-seekers and porters climb Kilimanjaro every year with many trying to reach the summit, according to prevalent guide service.