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Mount Everest gets 3G network

Communication from the top of the world has got easier with a Nepali telecom firm providing third generation mobile network at the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. Utpal Parashar reports.

world Updated: Oct 30, 2010 01:13 IST
Utpal Parashar

Communication from the top of the world has got easier with a Nepali telecom firm providing third generation (3G) mobile network at the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain.

Officials of Ncell, a subsidiary of Swedish telecom major TeliaSonera told reporters on Thursday that the company has set up a 3G phone base station at Gorakhshep in the Everest region at a height of 5200 metres.

It’s the world’s highest 3G mobile phone base station. TeliaSonera also has the record for setting up the world’s lowest 3G base station at a height of 1400 metres below sea level in a European mine.

The Everest station will have coverage till the summit at 8848 metres and allow thousands of climbers access to high speed internet and video calls using their mobile phones.

It would also enable climbers to keep track of rapidly changing weather patterns in the region.