Have you always wanted to scale Everest, but the thought of missing your daily Groupon got in the way?
Now you can get on with it without ever missing a Facebook update. Nepali cell service provider Ncell has installed a 3G base station at Mount Everest’s summit, enabling climbers and locals to make calls and use the internet while in the area. Those attempting to scale the mountain used to have to rely on expensive satellite phones or voice only cell coverage that wasn’t comprehensive. But yesterday, the company made a video call from Everest’s base camp yesterday, which means Everest Skype sex isn’t far behind:
“Today we made the (world’s) highest video call from Mount Everest base camp successfully,” Ncell Nepal chief Pasi Koistinen told reporters in Kathmandu on Thursday.
“The coverage of the network will reach up to the peak of the Everest,” he added.
Shall we expect a slew of passive-aggressive Facebook updates from climbers who have tired of each other’s company and that dude who ate all the M&Ms out of the trail mix?