Published on : Thursday, February 9, 2017
Free WiFi zones will be created by Nepal at the base camp of Mount Everest for facilitating communications from the world’s highest mountain for aiding in case of emergencies. The base camp is located at the height of 5,360 metres (17,600 feet), and this will be the highest location at which free WiFi will be available.
Nepal’s telecom service providers have extended mobile and landline services to the base camp. Himalayanglacier, a mountaineering news portal, said WiFi becomes pricier as one goes up, along with services such as food and lodging. Digambar Jha, chairman of state-run Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), said that there are plans to set up free WiFi zones along the trials of Lukla-Everest Base Camp area and Annapurna Base Camp.
Special optical fibres defiant against extremely cold weather and icefall will be used for the WiFi service. Besides easing communication, tourists and others can send photos, videos and messages with WiFi that will boost tourism. Rescue missions would also get facilitated with this WiFi service.