On Thursday, the Nepali mobile operator and Internet provider Ncell installed
nine 3G base stations in the lower part of Mount Everest. Below all is the station in Lukle - at an altitude of 2870 meters, and above all the station near the village of Gorakshep - at an altitude of 5200 meters.
As stated by the Technical Director of Ncell Aigars Benders, the speed of 3G connection is up to 3.6 Mbit / s, and if there is demand, then the speed will be increased to 7.2 Mbit / s.
Services are mainly focused on tourists. Every year the Nepalese Himalayan region is visited by about 30 thousand people.
Although Ncell did not check the 3G connection from the 8848-meter
peak of Everest, Benders says that in theory it should work.
Up to 50 people can use the connection at the same time. If there is a demand, this characteristic can also be increased.
Four of the nine base stations operate on solar energy with a backup battery, which is separately enough for up to three days.