Broadband Installed on Kilimanjaro
Tanzania's fibre optic cable network has been extended to a high camp on Kilimanjaro's popular Marangu Route, allowing trekkers to post selfies live from the mountain. Now that high speed broadband has been successfully installed at the Horombo Huts at an altitude of 3720m, the intention in the coming months is to take it right up to the 5895m summit, the highest point in Africa.
For those who go to the hills to escape the modern world this may come as bad news, but the development has been presented as a boon both to the country's tourism industry and to safety on Kilimanjaro, where previously 3G coverage was patchy and intermittent, and only satellite phones worked reliably.
"Previously, it was a bit dangerous for visitors and porters who had to operate without internet," said information minister Nape Nnauye, launching the service on Tuesday.
The cable, currently being laid towards Kibo Hut at 4720m, is intended to allow reliable communication from Marangu Gate at the start of the busy trail, all the way to the top.
While Tanzania Telecommunications Company can install broadband on the highest mountain on a continent, some of us in the UK are still waiting for BT to get it to our houses.