On Tuesday, Tanzanian officials announced to the world at an event held somewhere above 12,000 feet in elevation that high-speed internet access would soon be available to everyone on Africa’s highest mountain.
Nape Nnauye, Tanzania’s minister of information, tweeted, “Today Up on Mount Kilimanjaro: I am hoisting high-speed INTERNET COMMUNICATIONS (BROADBAND) on the ROOF OF AFRICA.” “Tourists can now communicate worldwide from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro,” the tweet continued.
Nnauye said that the internet service only reaches Horombo Hut, which is about 12,200 feet (3,720 meters) above sea level, during a press conference he held on the mountain. However, by the end of the year, the goal is to have internet access all the way to the top of Uhuru Peak, which is located at an altitude of about 5,880 meters (19,291 feet).
It was “a bit dangerous for visitors and porters who had to operate without internet,” Nnauye told The Washington Post. “All visitors will get connected… (up to) this point of the mountain,” he said, referring to the Horomob Hut campsite where the meeting took place.
Also this year, Tanzanian officials announced plans to construct a cable car on the mountain’s southern side, in addition to establishing an internet connection. A decision that, according to The Guardian, didn’t sit well with mountaineers or environmentalists.
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