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Friday October 29, 2010 4:25 pm

3G service now available on Mount Everest

This morning, Ncell, a subsidiary of cellular giant TeliaSonera, announced that 3G service is now available at the top of Mount Everest. While spotty, basic, 2G service was available before, thanks to an earlier network from China Mobile. Now people can make video calls, surf the web and post to Twitter from one of the most remote locations on Earth. This morning, the highest ever video call was placed from the Everest base camp. According to the spokesperson, "This is a great milestone for mobile communications as the 3G high speed internet will bring faster, more affordable telecommunication services from the world's tallest mountain."

Of course, this is more for publicity than anything else. There are still plenty of places with a significant population that still don't have coverage that would benefit from that kind of effort. Still, TeliaSonera did promise up to $100 Million to help reach the rest of the Himalayan nation's population, so hopefully this is a first step in a bigger effort.

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We all get to enjoy 3G services and its good. 3G services on Mt. Everest is awesome! I never imagined that a place as high and as cold as Mt. Everest would have such service. The peak of <a title=“3G plan now available from summit of Mt. Everest ” href=“http://www.newsytype.com/3228-3g-service-mt-everest/”>Mount Everest</a> became a wi-fi hot spot when 3G service was successfully launched in Nepal by a Sweden-based carrier. From the Mt. Everest base camp, the highest video call ever was successfully made Friday, based on an executive from Ncell, the Nepalese subsidiary of TeliaSonera. The introduction of a 3G network in Nepal gives climbers the freedom to connect worldwide from the Everest summit and introduces one of one of the most remote areas of the world to the rest of civilization.

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