Connecting Mount Kilimanjaro

26 December 2022

Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is now covered by a high-speed internet network.

The network was built by Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation (TTCL) with the technical support of Huawei. It covers the whole mountain, from the foot to the Uhuru peak, the highest point in Africa, located at 5,985m above sea level.

“We worked closely with Huawei during the construction of the network to connect Africa's highest peak. Huawei has provided us with high-quality equipment that has worked smoothly despite extreme weather conditions,” said Peter Ulanga, general manager of TTCL.

The deployment of the high-speed network on Kilimanjaro is part of the national project for a backbone broadband information and communication technology (ICT) network, built by the TTCL. The ‘National ICT Broadband Backbone (NICTBB)’ infrastructure aims to improve the use of ICT in all sectors with a view to sustainable socio-economic development. Earlier this year, all rest camps below 3,795m on Kilimanjaro were connected to high-speed internet and WiFi coverage.

The installation of a broadband network on Kilimanjaro is expected to improve the experience and safety of visitors. According to Nape Moses Nnauye, Tanzanian minister of Information, Communications and Information Technology, this will not only attract more tourists to Tanzania by enabling them to share and promote the country's tourism resources to the world, but also improve employment, increase incomes and promote national development.