Mount Everest to get mobile coverage

There will be no escaping the mobile – even atop the world’s highest mountain – following plans to install a phone network at the summit of Mount Everest.

Mount Everest to get mobile coverage

The plan is part of preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which will see the Olympic Torch Relay Team reach the peak of Everest as part of the opening ceremony.

The antennae will be positioned at 6,500 meters, creating a network that will reach both the lower base camp and the main route up to the mountain’s summit.

As well as providing communications for the Torch Relay Team, the network will also benefit other mountaineers wishing to reach the summit. Previously, the only internet connection available on the mountain was via satellite or at the base station internet cafe.

China Mobile commissioned Huawei Technologies to install the equipment because its GSM Base Station can be run on a solar power supply, and has satellite communications capability, both of which will be useful in such a harsh environment.

“We are delighted to cooperate with China Mobile to build the highest mobile telecommunication network in the world and to help the 2008 Beijing Olympic Torch Relay Team reach the summit of Everest safely,” says Mr Yu Chengdong, President of Huawei Mobile Networks.

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