It is now possible to take those selfie and mug shots then hastily post them live on all social media platforms, right from Africa’s highest elevation on Kilimanjaro.
The State Owned Tanzania Telecommunications Company is currently extending the National Fiber Optic Cable to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Moshi.
This is according to a release dispatched by Innocent Mungy of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority.
With works already in progress, it is being anticipated that the broadband network should be operating at Africa’s highest escalation by the end of August 2022.
The Director General for the Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) Engineer Peter Ulanga, reveals that everything is going according to schedule.
He already inspected ongoing cable laying works as workmen implemented the installation currently reaching the Horombo Huts’ Station, some 3720 Meters above sea level.
Engineer Ulanga affirms that the Fiber Optic Cable should be reaching the Kibo Huts Base Camp, located at the elevation of 4720 Meters above sea level, on August 30, 2022.
The Fiber Optic Cable is meant to enable reliable voice and fast data communication services all the way from the Marangu Gate to Kibo elevation atop Kilimanjaro.
While reliable communication guarantees safety among climbers trekking on the Mountain, tourists can now enjoy sending those ‘selfie’ shots and videos of themselves to envious friends and relatives.
The development adds significant value to the Tanzania Tourism Industry.
It is also set to make Mountain Climbing activities more fun and interactive, such that a guide could remotely direct climbing teams to the peak.
While it is too soon to count the eggs, as telecommunications services haven’t been something to count on, even on ground, but connecting Kilimanjaro to Fiber Optic is being hailed by tour operators as a positive move.
Previously it was only people with ‘Thuraya,’ Satellite phones who could place direct calls from the ‘roof of Africa.’
As for data, an on-and-off 3G network supplied by Tigo, could sometimes be accessed at some parts of the Horombo elevation of 3720 meters.