A broadband provider has launched the world’s highest internet service – on MOUNT EVEREST.
Experts have set up a high-speed communications base 15,000ft up the world’s tallest mountain in Nepal.
TeliaSonera and Ncell claim climbers can now access their broadband service via the 3G mobile phone network to video call their loved ones.
They also hope the innovation will help provide mobile coverage to over 90 per cent of the people in the South Asian country by 2011.
Lars Nyberg, president of TeliaSonera, said the move could change ”billions” of lives.
He said: ”We are very proud to announce the world’s highest mobile data service as we launch 3G services in the Mount Everest area in the Khumbu Valley.
”This is a great milestone for mobile communications and strong evidence of TeliaSonera’s pioneering role in this industry that is truly changing the lives of billions of people.
”From its perch on the world’s tallest mountain, 3G high speed internet will bring faster, more affordable telecommunication services to the people living in the Khumbu Valley, trekkers, and climbers alike.”
The high altitude of the 3G station enables people to surf the web, send video clips and e-mails and call friends and family at cheaper rates than the average satellite phone.
Access to mobile phone equipment and good signal is low, but rapidly rising in Nepal.
TeliaSonera have doubled take up in the country in two years – and now boast 3.7million subscribers.
The advent of the 3G network is expected to boost this subscriber base.
A 3G, or third generation, service means the phone users can gain access to extra communication features – including video calling and the internet.