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Tanzania offers internet on Africa’s tallest mountain

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Tanzania’s state telecommunications firm has installed high-speed internet connectivity on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, through a national broadband project.

Information Minister Nape Nnauye launched the internet project on Tuesday saying tourists could now communicate worldwide from the summit of the mountain.

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

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Trekkers on the mountain have not had internet connection and could not even make phone calls since connectivity ended near the starting point at around 1860m.

Tourism is a key pillar of Tanzania’s economy, contributing 18 percent to the nation’s GDP. It generated $1.4bn in revenues last year. And Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of Tanzania’s leading tourist destinations. It attracts nearly 50,000 hikers annually who attempt to reach the summit from across the world.—BBC

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