High Speed Internet Debuts Atop Mount Everest

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Without a Starbucks positioned near the world’s most daunting summit, how can a climber stay in touch with the web?

Private telecom firm Ncell is on its way to solving the 21st-century quandary. Reuters reports that the company has launched Nepal’s inaugural 3G amenities at the foot of Mount Everest, spurring a stronger connection for the thousands of outdoors enthusiasts that visit each year.

The New York Daily News adds that there will be seven 3G bases in the area, allowing for both wireless Internet and video calls via smartphone devices. Up until this development, the onus was on individual climbers to supply their own satellite equipment.