Nepal telecom to provide cellular service on Mount Everest

April 24th, 2009 - 6:10 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 24 (ANI): A Nepali telecom firm is set to be the first to offer mobile coverage at the top of Mount Everest.

Nepal Telecom said that it would set up mobile towers in Thakdin, Manjo, Pheriche and Gorak Shep, to bring the summit within the network coverage.

Nepal Telecom spokesman said that work should be finished by mid-June ahead of the onset of the annual monsoon season when transport to the region becomes difficult.

The news cellular service will be of much help for climbers who will remain in constant touch with their family at the top of the 8, 850 meter (29,035 feet) high rock, Scotsman reported.

And, more seriously, the extension of mobile coverage to the top of one of the world’s most-climbed and most-feared mountains will no doubt be a massive improvement for climbers’ safety and well-being.

Hundreds of climbers who attempt Mount Everest every year have to use expensive satellite phones. (ANI)

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