3G arrives at the peak of Mount Everest. But no hope in Pakistan


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Nepal firm takes high speed Internet to Mt Everest

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU | Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:39am EDT

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KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A private telecom firm took high speed Internet facilities to the top of the world on Thursday when it launched Nepal’s first 3G services at the base camp of Mount Everest.

The installation could help the tens of thousands of mountain climbers and trekkers who visit the Mount Everest region in the Solukhumbu district every year.

They have to depend on expensive satellite phones to remain in touch with their families as the remote region lacks proper communication facilities.

Nepali telecom company Ncell said its new facility is the first 3G setup at the base camp of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain at 8,850 meters (29,035 feet).

“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,” said Lars Nyberg, chief of Nordic telecoms firm TeliaSonera, which owns 80 percent of the firm.

Ncell is a joint venture between local investors and TeliaSonera.

“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 facility provides fast surfing on the web, sending video clips and e-mails, as well as calls to friends and family back home at far cheaper rates than the average satellite phone, the company said in a statement.

Telecommunication services cover only a third of the 28 million people of Nepal, South Asia’s poorest country.

Ncell said TeliaSonera would spend over $100 million to expand its facilities in Nepal next year and ensure mobile coverage to more than 90 percent of the Himalayan nation’s population.

(Editing by Matthias Williams and Sugita Katyal)

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I belive not more than a bunch of people visit the peaks of mount everest in a week and they still have access to 3G. However millions here in Pakistan are striving for this technology and there is still no progress or update.


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It's just a publicity stunt.


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Zazzo you are talking about 3g,people are dying of hunger here...Gov. can provide us with the basics necessities.


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^^Nepal isn't a rich country either, I think it's worse off than Pakistan. This is just a publicity stunt by TeliaSonera, they didn't do it to get customers at Mt. Everest, they did it for marketing.


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It shows that they can provide quality service to their Nepali subscribers.. Hooking up the antenna on Mount Everest needs b**** :P It shows their commitment towards work.Lets hope ptcl does the same :D


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Zazzo you are talking about 3g,people are dying of hunger here…Gov. can provide us with the basics necessities.
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if they had 3G they wud have updated thier fb status tht they need food… tht wud make things lot easier for the government…

Jokes apart but you can’t just stop advancing to help the poor instead.


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It shows that they can provide quality service to their Nepali subscribers… Hooking up the antenna on Mount Everest needs b**** :P It shows their commitment towards work.Lets hope ptcl does the same :D
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antenna is on the base camp, not the mountain :D

The signals reach the peak of the mountain though.


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antenna is on the base camp, not the mountain :D

The signals reach the peak of the mountain though.

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Atleast u can tweet wen ur at the peak :D


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antenna is on the base camp, not the mountain :D

The signals reach the peak of the mountain though.

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Isn’t their base camp on top of the Mount Everest ? :P