Free Wi-Fi will soon be available at the base of the world’s highest mountain

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Soon you will have internet access in the Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. Guests will be able to tweet, chat, email and share from the Lukla-Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Base Camp with the help of free Wi-Fi offered by Nepal.

Its state-run regulator, Nepal Telecommunications Authority( NTA ), announced on Wednesday that it plans to set up free W-Fi zones along the Everest base camp, a hugely favourite end for trekkers and mountaineers.

The service will operate on the Okumura Model, ” which exploits low-cost optical fiber cables for high-speed internet. Special cold-and-ice-resistant optical fiber will be used, and if they don’t work in the high altitudes, other engineerings such as micro-wave will be used.

This, however, is not the first is making an effort to take internet connectivity to the region. Earlier in 2010, Nepal’s private telecom hustler Ncell had launched 3G businessin the Everest base camp. But that failed to catch on.

At present, some inns and restaurants in the area offer Wi-Fi at a rate of up to$ 5 per hour. Additionally, one can buy recognitions amounting to GB of internet from Everest Link at around$ 8 in a region called Machermo, a small village in the region.

The intended Wi-Fi areas will not only improve communication during natural disasters and accidents, which the basi camp is quite prone to, but will too boost tourism as travelers and trekkers can share their experiences with family and working pals virtually instantaneously.

Wi-Fi in high altitudes has all along been smooth though. In-flight Wi-Fi assistances are super-slow and mighty expensive. Gogo, the biggest suppliers of such services, has been clumsy, but it’s now planning an upgrade.

Over to Nepal to tell us if the Mount Everest can do it better!

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