Feb. 17, 2017 -- There will be free public Wi-Fi service at the top of the world, on Mount Everest, the Nepalese authorities have announced.
Digambar Jha, chairman of state-run Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), said they plan to install a number of free Wi-Fi hotspots along Lukla-Everest Base Camp and Annapurna areas. Mountaineers can then post their messages and photos on social media instantly after they have conquered the peak, Hindustan Times reported.
Wi-Fi service will be available on the highest point as the Everest base camp is located 5,360 meters above sea level and the signals will be available at even higher altitudes including the peak. The Nepalese authorities will implement the plan in the next 6 months.
Currently climbers can only receive Wi-Fi signals in certain areas up to 5,200 meters above sea level. Many are using expensive satellite phones for communication.
After setting up Wi-Fi in the Everest and Annapurna regions, the NTA also plan to expand Wi-Fi services in other areas of the Himalayan regions as well, Jha said.
"This will make communication easier for mountaineering and it will also help in rescue efforts in case of natural disaster and other disasters in these areas," he said.
The Everest Wi-Fi plan is part of the Nepalese government's general plan to improve the free Wi-Fi coverage in the tourist areas of the country.
Mount Everest, also known as Qomolangma, the highest point on earth, is located at the Sino-Nepalese border, with the north part and the peak in China and the south part in Nepal. The mountain attracts thousands of tourists and mountaineers every year.
By: Zhang Rui