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Internet access available at Everest

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When New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary crowned the top of Everest in 1953, messages from the Hunt expedition of which it was part (and made up of 400 people, including 362 porters, 20 Sherpa guides and 4536 kilos of material) were carried by marathon runners to the nearest telegraph office.

“The views are incredible. Greetings from Tenzing. ”The great climber could say today from his mobile phone. One of the most isolated points on the planet, and at the same time more crowded, will be a little less isolated from now on: the climbers who ascend to Everest and those who trek through the area will be able to make video calls and surfing the Internet. Nepal's telecommunications company, Ncell, has installed 8 repeaters with 3G technology on the route to the base camp, including one at 5200 meters of altitude (which, in theory at least, would cover even the highest summit in the world).

According to the operator (80% owned by the Swedish giant TeliaSonera), the wireless network could help thousands of climbers and tourists who visit Mount Everest every year and who until now only had satellite phones and a mobile phone network , suitable only for voice communications. Apart from being in contact with their relatives and the organizers of their expeditions, climbers can receive weather information and of interest for your safety.

It is still paradoxical that this technology is available in a country where less than a third of the population You have access to telecommunications services. TeliaSonera has announced that it will invest more than 100 million dollars (72 million euros) next year to improve mobile coverage in the country.

Source | BBC

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