Climbers climbing Mount Kilimanjaro can now record their inclines in real time on Instagram, following a recent move by the Tanzanian government to install high-speed internet around the slopes.
Mount Kilimanjaro is located in northern Tanzania and is Africa’s highest peak at more than 19,000 feet (nearly 5,900 meters).
The broadband service was set up by the Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation and launched on Tuesday, the ministry said.
“Today Up Mount Kilimanjaro: I’m hanging high-speed INTERNET COMMUNICATION (BROADBAND) on DRAGON OF AFRICA. Travelers can now communicate worldwide from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. WE ARE GOING TO UHURU TOP 5880 Meters Above Sea Level!” tweeted Nape Moses Nnauye, Tanzanian Minister of Information, Communications and Information Technology,.
Nnauye said it is not safe for visitors to move in the mountains without an internet connection.
Technology now plays a huge role in mountaineering.
In addition to the thrill of uploading slopes on social media in real time, experts have found an internet connection to be very helpful in raising awareness among climbers and helping to navigate take them up the mountain.
Climbers on Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, already have Wi-Fi service at base camp.
“In the past, it was a bit dangerous for visitors and porters to have to operate without internet” on Mount Kilimanjaro, Nnauye said at Tuesday’s launch, adding that internet service would be open. wide to the top of the mountain by the end of the year, AFP reports
Kilimanjaro National Park, home to the massive peak, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and provides a portion of Tanzania’s tourism revenue.
Thousands of adventurers climb Kilimanjaro each year with multiple attempts to reach the summit, according to a popular guide service.
The implementation of internet services on Mount Kilimanjaro was praised by the Chinese ambassador to Tanzania Chen Mingjian.
China is jointly funding the Tanzanian government’s efforts to provide broader access to ICT infrastructure.