Everest Connected Via 3G

November 1st, 2010 - 6:49 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

November 1, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): The world’s highest peak is in news once more. This time for reasons electronic in nature. A certain telecom company has now ensured that the climbers who hope to conquer the enormous height need not forgo communication with the rest of the world any longer.

Staying in touch with home via e-mails or keeping abreast of the recent happenings around the world is just a click away now for mountaineers embarking on the hard and arduous journey towards the roof of the world.

The telecommunications company originating in Nepal claims to have installed a network of 3G mobile phone around the mountain. The company claims that the summit of the Himalayas will also come within their range of coverage area now.

A number of base stations have been installed by Ncell, the telecommunications company in question, making the mobile service available for the locals, tourists and climbers alike. This is a far cry indeed from the days of Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing who had to send runners back to the nearest telegraph office in order to announce their success to the world.

The setting up of the station at Khumbu, the base camp for the Everest has ushered in a revolutionary era says TeliaSonera, the parent company of BNcell, which is Swedish in origin. The company is now hoping to invest another $100 million into the area which is expected to make almost 90% of the Nepalese population have access to the mobile services.

Apart from staying in touch, the availability of mobile services is certain to help in reporting emergency situations, getting timely help as well as reporting adverse weather conditions.

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