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Mount Kilimanjaro was connected to the internet for the very first time in what officials called a “historic” event.

The Tanzanian government has installed a broadband internet network to serve Mount Kilimanjaro, which has the highest peak on the African continent, extending high-speed internet connection to thousands of meters above sea level.

The state-run Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation unveiled the move on Tuesday, along with Information Minister Nape Nnauye to declare that the internet is now accessible even on the “roof of Africa”.

“Enjoy Fast Internet Today [on] Kilimanjaro”, Nnauye added in a follow-up post celebrating the event.

With its Uhuru peak some 5,880 meters (19,290 feet) high, the mountain is Africa’s tallest and now hosts broadband facilities at an elevation of 3,720 meters (12,200 feet), near the Horombo Huts camp on the way to the summit.

“All visitors will be connected… [up to] this point of the mountain, said the IT Minister during a visit to the campsite.

Nnauye went on to say that the mountaintop should be connected by the end of 2022, but did not say exactly when.

Kilimanjaro is a major tourist attraction for Tanzania, with around 35,000 people attempting to climb the rock each year, according to AFP and a number of other outlets. Only a small percentage successfully reach the summit, although the mountain is far from the tallest in the world, still dwarfed by monoliths such as K2 in the Karakoram Range on the border of Pakistan, China and the United States. India, or the famous Mount Everest in the Himalayas.

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