The public company Tanzania Telecommunications put into service on Tuesday the infrastructure installed at 3720 meters above sea level. By the end of the year, the network will cover the mythical summit, which rises to nearly 6,000 meters.
In the past, it was a bit dangerous for visitors and porters to venture here without the internet., Nape Nnauye said at the inauguration of the service, surrounded by government officials and tourists. He now hopes that internet access will make the trip safer.
Located in northeastern Tanzania, near the border with Kenya, the mountain is a popular destination for tourists and hikers, about 35,000 of whom undertake its ascent each year.
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The mountain – celebrated by Ernest Hemingway in The snows of Kilimanjaro – and the area around it are located in a national park. It is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Last year, a government cable car project on the southern slope of Kilimanjaro drew widespread criticism from climbers and environmental organisations.
Technology is increasingly penetrating the world of mountain expeditions, such as the wi-fi network at Everest base camp and smart phones that allow rapid alerts to be issued in the event of an accident.