Tanzania offers high-speed internet connection on Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain, is seen from Moshi, Tanzania. (Photo: Creative Commons / Muhammad Mahdi Karim)

Tanzania’s state-run telecommunications firm has hoisted high-speed internet connectivity on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, through the national broadband project, an official said on Tuesday.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, is seen from Moshi, Tanzania. /Creative Commons

“Today up on Mount Kilimanjaro, I am launching high-speed internet communications. Tourists can now communicate worldwide from the summit of the mountain,” said Nape Nnauye, the Minister for Information, Communication and Information Technology.

Hoisting the high-speed internet connection at Horombo hut campsite located 3,720 meters above sea level, Nnauye said the internet connectivity of the mountain, also dubbed as Africa’s rooftop, has been done by state-run Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation Limited (TTCL) through the National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) project.

The NICTBB project intends to enhance the usage of ICT applications in Tanzania for sustainable socio-economic development including the implementation of e-government, e-learning, e-health, e-commerce and much more locally and globally.

He said internet connectivity on the mountain was expected to reach its highest peak, Uhuru peak, at 5,895 meters above sea level in October.

Mount Kilimanjaro, one of Tanzania’s leading tourist destinations, attracts roughly 50,000 trekkers from across the world that attempts to reach the summit of the mountain annually