Peak social media: Mount Kilimanjaro will get high-speed web so climbers can Instagram ascent


Tanzania has put in high-speed web providers on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, permitting anybody with a smartphone to tweet, Instagram or WhatsApp their ascent up Africa’s highest mountain.

State-owned Tanzania Telecommunications Company arrange the broadband community on Tuesday at an altitude of three,720m (12,200ft), with the nation’s info minister, Nape Nnauye, calling the occasion historic.

“Beforehand, it was a bit harmful for guests and porters who needed to function with out web,” Nnauye mentioned on the launch of the service, flanked by authorities officers and vacationers.

“All guests will get linked … [up to] this level of the mountain,” he mentioned on the Horombo Huts, one of many camps en path to the height.

He mentioned the summit of the 5,895m (19,300ft) mountain would have web connectivity by the tip of the yr.

Final yr, the Tanzanian authorities introduced plans to construct a cable automobile on the southern aspect of Kilimanjaro, triggering uproar amongst climbers, expedition firms and environmentalists.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a vital supply of tourism income in Tanzania and neighbouring Kenya, with round 35,000 folks trying to achieve the height every year.

Immortalised in Ernest Hemingway’s brief story The Snows of Kilimanjaro, the mountain is a part of a nationwide park in addition to being a Unesco world heritage website.

Know-how has more and more infiltrated the world of mountaineering, with climbers on Mount Everest having fun with easy accessibility to wifi, energy turbines and smartphones that make it potential to share images and make SOS calls within the occasion of an accident.

In distinction, when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of the world’s tallest mountain on 29 Could, 1953, the information didn’t attain the skin world till 2 June, simply in time for the Queen’s coronation.

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