Tanzania authorities have moved to install high-speed WiFi to provide internet connectivity for climbers from the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is located in northern Tanzania and rises to a height of over 19,000 feet (nearly 5,900 meters).

The Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation established the broadband service, which went live in August, according to the country’s information ministry. Tourists shouldn’t climb the mountain without a connection to the internet. Mountaineering today involves a significant amount of technology.

Internet access has been recognized by specialists to be helpful in increasing climbers’ awareness and aiding in the navigation of their climbs, in addition to the pleasure of live-streaming ascents on social media. A similar internet structure is available at the base camp of the world's highest mountain - Mount Everest in located between Nepal and Tibet, an autonomous region of China.

Climbers journeying up the peak of Kilimajaro 

The enormous peak’s home, Kilimanjaro National Park, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and contributes to Tanzania’s tourism industry. Thousands of people climb Kilimanjaro each year, with many aiming to reach the summit.

The focus on tourism is aligned with the economic contribution it makes to Tanzania. The World Bank estimates that as of 2019, tourism was the nation’s top source of foreign exchange, the second-largest contributor to GDP, and the third-largest employer.

With over 35,000 individuals making an attempt to summit the mountain each year, Kilimanjaro is a significant source of tourism revenue for Tanzania and neighbouring Kenya. So if you intend to attempt a mountain climb to the top of the Kilimanjaro, you can be sure that all of the exciting moments to and fro can be captured and saved onto your digital library.

Thanks to the internet on the roof of Africa.

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Edited: Sam Adedoyin/ToluRock