Mount Everest gets 3G
Putting the London Underground’s recent wi-fi milestone in perspective, a 3G base station has been installed at the summit of Mount Everest.
The base station will give climbers, and inhabitants of the Khumbu Valley in Nepal, access to 3G mobile internet and the ability to make phone calls.
It’s been built by Nepali network operator Ncell, who marked the occasion by making the world’s highest ever video call at 17,388ft.
Previously, climbers had rely on expensive satellite phones to communicate around the Mount Everest region.
Ncell said it plans to bring mobile coverage to more than 90% of the Himalayan population next year.
Image courtesy of Carsten Nebel www.myhimalayas.com.
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