A 3G Base Station was deployed yesterday on Mount Everest, allowing the brave ones who get all the way up there to make phone calls and browse the net. This way, the moment you reach the summit, one can take a picture and post it on Facebook right away. There is actually an entire network deployment, with a couple of BSs in different locations of that area, mostly aimed to the large amounts of tourists that every year hike and climb around the Himalayan area.

Ncell, a mobile operator from Nepal, is the performer of such an interesting network deployment.

From CNN News:

The world’s highest third generation (3G) mobile network services base station was set up at the bottom of Mount Everest on Thursday.

Ncell, a mobile phone and internet operator in Nepal, said it set up a 3G base at an altitude of 5,200 meters (17,000 feet) near the village of Gorakshep, according to Aigars Benders, the chief technical officer of Ncell.

“The speed of the 3G services will be up to 3.6 MB per second,” Aigars said.

“But we could have it up to 7.2 MB if there is demand.”

A total of nine stations, with the lowest at 2,870 meters (9,400 feet) at Lukla where the airport in the Everest region is situated, came into operation on Thursday.

The service is mainly targeted at the approximately 30,000 tourists who come to trek in Nepal’s Himalayan region every year.


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