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Mount Kilimanjaro was connected to the internet for the very first time in what officials called a ‘historic’ event
Tanzania’s government installed a broadband internet connection to Mount Kilimanjaro. This mountain is Africa’s highest peak.
This was announced Tuesday by the Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation, which is run by the government. Information Minister Nape Nauye also participated in the announcement. declaringInternet access is available on all devices, even those with limited internet connectivity “roof of Africa.”
“Enjoy fast internet today [on] Kilimanjaro,”Nnauye wrote a second post to celebrate the event.
With its Uhuru peak standing some 5,880 meters (19,290 feet) high, the mountain is Africa’s tallest, and now hosts broadband gear at an altitude of 3,720 meters (12,200 feet), near the Horombo Huts camp on the path to the summit.
“All visitors will get connected … [up to] this point of the mountain,”During his visit to the campsite, IT Minister said.
Nnauye said that the summit will be connected by 2022 but didn’t specify when.
According to AFP, 35,000 tourists attempt to climb Kilimanjaro every year. Only a small percentage successfully reach the peak, though the mountain is far from the world’s tallest, still dwarfed by monoliths such as K2 in the Karakoram range bordering Pakistan, China and India, or the world-famous Mount Everest in the Himalayas.
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