Everest technology designed to protect Nepal climbers

8th Jul 2013

Himalayan trekking holidays to China, Tibet and Nepal have become even more attractive - thanks to 4G wireless technology.

Climbers can now live stream the view from Mount Everest after technology firms deployed LTE TDD at a base station from which they ascend to the summit.

This is aimed at protecting mountain climber safety.

China Mobile showed the service by live HD video streaming from the 5,200-metre (17.060ft) high 4G site last month.

President of Huawei Wireless Networks, David Wang, said the company is looking forward to working with more operators worldwide to bring high-speed mobile broadband services anytime and anywhere.

Huawei and China Mobile have worked on Mount Everest mobile coverage previously.

The two businesses were part of a scheme to create GSM coverage (Global System for Mobile communications) on the mountain to plan for a leg of the 2008 Olympic Games torch relay.

The GSM stations at the Mount Everest base camp have continued to work since then and the mobile coverage, along with the new 4G, is intended to protect mountain safety of people on climbing specialist tours.

Three years ago, a Nepali telecoms firm Ncell launched the first 3G services at Everest's base camp and successfully made a phone call from 5,200 metres (17.060ft).

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