Recently group of us went on an trekking trip to Yelagiri Hills. Once we climbed some distance, we were on zero-mobile-signal zone. There was apparently a tower on top of the hill. But there was this blind-zone between the foothills and the hilltop. Connectivity is lost and a sense of fear engulfs. And we were complaining about it..The discussion evolved in to mount everest. How is the mobile coverage on mount-everest? Should climbers depend only on those expensive satellite connections and special radio-communcation devices? Just then, we noticed this news item and we felt a 'deja-vu' moment :)
Nepalese Telecommunication company NCell took the initiative to setup its 3G Service at the base camp of Mount Everest. Ncell claims that the base station reaches up to the summit of Mount Everest! Wow! Now Everest climbers can remain connected all-the-time. Not just with the ground-staff, but also with their near and dears living thousands of miles across and 5 miles below :) Now the proud moment on top of the world can be transmitted live through 3G Video chat! All the journey can be captured live through facebook and tweets...So all those 'frostbites','avalanche','snow storm','creeks','deep valleys' will appear as live tweets...Fun aside, it's a very good initiative and should help lay aside some amount of fear among climbers and even aspiring climbers! way to go Ncell...
"This achievement is as mighty as the altitude as 3G high speed internet will bring faster, more affordable telecommunication services to the people living in the Khumbu Valley, trekkers, and climbers alike," said Lars Nyberg, chief of Nordic telecoms firm TeliaSonera, which owns 80 percent of the firm.
"Today we made the (world's) highest video call from Mount Everest," Ncell chief Pasi Koistinen told reporters in Kathmandu, referring to the call made from 5,300 meters (17,388 feet), the area from where climbers begin the actual climb to Mount Everest.
"The coverage of the network will reach up to the peak of the Everest," Ncell Nepal chief Pasi Koistinen said to reporters in Kathmandu on Thursday.
We are still left with one question. It is only possible to track a location through triangulation and cell-phone-tower location etc. But the tracking is accurate only to the level of 2-D. Is it possible to track the altitude? 3D Location tracking? We will explore that as our next topic..
Via Reuters and Dvice