Thank goodness! Now we can tweet from the world’s tallest peak.
How does this sound for a Facebook status: “About to scale Mt. Everest.”
All of these activities and more are now possible. Should they have time, climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest can now surf the internet and make video calls through 3G coverage provided by Ncell, a subsidiary of Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera.
TeliaSonera said the network will operate up to its 17,000 square-foot base camp, which is the last gathering stop before the final ascent to the top of mountain. The seven 3G base stations scattered throughout the region, will then allow the trekkers to use wireless Internet and to make video calls.
Before, climbers trying to get to the top of 29,029-foot-peak, relied on expensive satellite equipment they had to carry. Now, trekkers can make calls and check for bad weather, increasing the safety of climbers.
This development in telecommunications opens up a new frontier for 3G coverage that is very exciting. Now, this type of communication is made possible from literally, the top of the world. Now, it’s just a matter of time before Sherpa’s stop at the nearest Starbucks before making their trek up the mountain.