In a plot to lure tourists, Tanzania has installed a high-speed internet service on Mt. Kilimanjaro as tourist arrivals triple to visit this East African nation.
According to Mr, Nape Nnauye who is the minister of the East African nation’s Information, Communication, and Information Technology said that the new connectivity will initially benefit as many as 1,000 climbers on various stages of the trek every day.
Coverage will reach the Kilimanjaro summit by the end of the year and thousands more mountaineers will be able to log in the minister continued.
The minister further stated that “tourists to access live streaming services, make calls and post their mountain-climbing adventures on social media platforms, thus helping to promote our tourism sector,”
The number of arrivals jumped 62.7% to 742,133 in the seven months through July, compared with a year earlier, according to data from the national statistics office.
Projects such as connecting Kilimanjaro’s peaks are part of a plan, not only to hasten Tanzania’s tourism rebound but to ultimately increase arrivals to 5 million annually by 2025.
At any given time, there are as many as 6,000 climbers and trekkers on Mt. Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano, and better connectivity is likely to increase the number, according to the government.