Those brave souls tackling Mount Everest can now check their Facebook account and make video calls through a 3G Network, Nepalese telecoms firm Ncell says.
The wireless network could help thousands of tourists who visit Mount Everest every year. Climbers and trekkers in the Everest region have so far relied on satellite phones and a voice-only mobile network.
Ncell, which is owned by the Swedish company TeliaSonera, says its highest 3G base station is near Everest base camp at 5,200 meters (17,000 ft). The coverage would reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, although reportedly this hasn’t been tested yet.
The 3G network will help climbers and trekkers stay in touch with their families and trip organizers. It will also enable them to receive weather reports and safety information while they are climbing.