3G Network Service Now Available on Mount Everest

Until recently, people in the Mount Everest area were restricted to satellite phones and a voice-only mobile network. But a Nepalese telecommunications company has now extended 3G wireless service to Mount Everest:

The coverage would reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, company head Pasi Koistinen, said.

He added that this had not been tested yet.

The 3G network will help climbers and trekkers stay in touch with their families and trip organisers, Mr Koistinen said.

It will also enable them to receive weather reports and safety information while they are climbing.

Link via CrunchGear | Photo by Flickr user Rupert Taylor-Price used under Creative Commons license

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Wow. We don't even have DSL where I live, and now there's 3G on Mount Frickin' Everest.

How much profit do you have to promise a company before we can get broadband all over the US?
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