Jul 7, 2013
Planning for a mountain trek on the highest mountain in the world? Sure, you can now have your Google Hangout streaming right from there to show it off with your online friends. As of this writing, you can now use your LTE enabled gadgets to live stream in HD every detail of your adventure atop of this mountain. Thanks to the teamwork between Huawei and China Mobile for making this possible, now, any mountaineers or press people can now bring all the news in a more detail to the world instantly.
The said 4G LTE service was launched last June 11 of this headed by China Mobile by demonstrating the possibility of streaming live HD video from a Mount Everest base camp to the event venue. Though it is not clear which base camp is used for this purpose, we can assume that the Northern Base Camp is the one they were referring to. According to Huawei’s press release, “today announced the successful deployment with China Mobile of 4G coverage atop Mount Everest, 5200 meters above sea level”. Let’s me show you some more detail below.
There are two base camps, the South and the North. The South Base Camp is in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 meters situated at the Khumbu Glacier and the North Base Camp is in Tibet at 5,150 meters above sea level. The 5200 meters is close to the 5150 meter altitude of the North Base Camp probably in East Rongbuk. Also if you will consult Wikipedia, the Northern base camp requires a permit from the Chinese government obviously because it’s within their territory. From these information, we can assume that LTE 4G coverage begins at the Northern side of the mountain that (I hope) can reach up to the highest peak if you plan to put your country’s flag up there along with your friends in a live HD video.
Mount Everest already has GSM coverage back in the year 2007 that is used in the 2008 Olympic Games torch relay.
“Bringing 4G to Mount Everest marks an important milestone in global LTE TDD development. We are very excited to make this possible, and look forward to working with more operators worldwide to bring high-speed mobile broadband services anytime and anywhere.” – David Wang, President of Huawei Wireless Networks.
According to National Geographic, there is a huge increase in the successful climbing attempts beginning in 1990 at 18% to a whopping 56% last year. Now that Mount Everest has 4G LTE, could this worsen the already over-populated mountain treks and base camp with more climbers and junks? Tell us what you think by posting your comments below.