By November 1, 2010

Mount Everest has 3G

3475512-businessman-outdoors-on-snowy-mountain-using-cellular-phoneNcell, Nepal’s mobile operator, now has coverage up the famous mountain. The carrier has announced its first 3G base station on the the world’s tallest mountain, allowing users to make calls and connect to the internets from GSM enabled phones.

Up until now, mountaineers have had to resort to expensive satellite phones to make calls. Ncell is a joint venture between private investors and Sweden’s Telia Sonera, and currently cover one-third of Nepal. Ncell tested their latest base station by placing the world’s highest video call at 17,388 feet.

Telia Sonera’s CEO had the following to say: “This achievement is as mighty as the altitude, as 3G high speed internet will bring faster, more affordable telecommunication services to the people living in the Khumbu Valley, trekkers, and climbers alike.”

Posted by: Gareth

Posted in: Phones

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