Mount Everest Gets 3G Broadband Service

Angela West October 30 Mobile

Nepali telecom company Ncell touted its new setup at the base camp of Mount Everest. This means Everest trekkers can now feed on sweet 3G broadband internet while on the slopes of the world’s tallest mountain.

“Today we made the (world’s) highest video call from Mount Everest,” Ncell chief Pasi Koistinen told reporters in Kathmandu, referring to the call made from 5,300 meters (17,388 feet), the area from where climbers begin the actual climb to Mount Everest.

The company teamed up with the Swedish firm TeliaSonera to install 3G internet at Everest’s base camp in such a way that the entire mountain and the surrounding area are covered. Since making the ascent is always perilous, families and friends of those making the ascent will be very comforted to know that they can stay in touch with their loved ones.

Prior to Ncell’s upgrade, climbers had to use satellite phones to stay in touch with friends and family. Although it stands to reason that if you can afford the equipment and the trip to Everest, you can probably pony up $100.00 for a phone call. But still – how awesome would it be to film a Yeti with your iPhone?

As Reported By: Reuters

Written by Angela West

Copywriter by day, Angela's ultimate dream is to open a Fallout-themed pub featuring authentic Squirrel on a Stick and wait staff with Pip-Boys.

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  • Stephanie

    wow honestly i think that having broadband at mount everest is really great – families can keep in touch with their loved ones. but how practical is it for a company to have this though?
    isn’t the costs of it high?

  • Richard

    That is great but why can’t I get simple cell phone service at my house in Indiana?

  • peanut gallery

    Disagree, there are some places in the world that should remain untouched.
    So I feel that there is no place for this at the top of the world.
    That said, It may not really matter, Everest is actually the worlds highest trash heep…