Tanzania offers internet on Africa’s tallest mountain

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Tanzania’s state telecommunications firm has installed high-speed internet connectivity on Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, through a national broadband project.

Information Minister Nape Nnauye launched the internet project on Tuesday saying tourists could now communicate worldwide from the summit of the mountain.

The mountain is one of Tanzania’s leading tourist destinations.

Mr Nnauye said internet connectivity on the mountain was expected to reach its highest point, Uhuru peak, at 5,895m (19,341 ft) above sea level in October.

The ministry has shared some images during the launch of the project on the mountain:

Trekkers on the mountain have not had internet connection and could not even make phone calls since connectivity ended near the starting point at around 1860m.

The mountain attracts nearly 50,000 hikers annually from across the world who attempt to reach the summit.

Tourism is a key pillar of Tanzania’s economy, contributing 18% to the nation’s GDP. It generated $1.4bn (£1.1bn) in revenues last year.

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