Climbers can now tweet from Kilimanjaro

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Climbers can now tweet from Kilimanjaro

Tanzania has installed high-speed Internet services on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, allowing climbers with a smartphone to tweet, Instagram or WhatsApp their ascent up Africa’s highest mountain.

State-owned Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation set up the broadband network on August 16 at an altitude of 3 720 metres, with Information Minister Nape Nnauye calling the event “historic”. 

“Previously, it was a bit dangerous for visitors and porters, who had to operate without Internet," said Nnauye at the launch of the service.

“All visitors will get connected… [up to] this point of the mountain," he said at the Horombo Huts, one of the camps en route to the peak.

He said the summit of the 5 895-metre mountain would have Internet connectivity by the end of the year.

Andre Van Kets, co-founder of Discover Africa, believes the new high-speed Internet installation could potentially increase the attraction of the mountain for tourists, but he also raises concerns of over-tourism.

“I believe the Internet installation is a double-edged sword. It may well have the desired (marketing) effect of increasing the demand for successful Kili ascents, but I believe Tanzania’s tourism authorities need to monitor numbers carefully to avoid the pitfalls of over-tourism to this destination.”

Mount Kilimanjaro is an important source of tourism revenue in Tanzania and neighbouring Kenya, with about 35 000 people attempting to summit it each year.

Article Courtesy of www.tourismupdate.co.za/article/climbers-can-now-tweet-kili

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