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April 22, 2020

China’s 5G telecom prowess touches Mt Everest

Kathmandu: China’s telecom prowess is going to go for showcasing the 5G signal capability by covering the world’s highest altitude point- 8,848 meters by Saturday.

China Mobile which is the world’s largest telecom operator and Huawei jointly inaugurated the three 5G stations at Mt Everest (Qomolangma) base and transition camps on April 19 at an altitude of 5,300 meters and 5,800 meters respectively according to Global Times.

The download speed of the 5G network is 1 gigabyte per second. These stations, based on non-standalone and standalone networks, will be the world’s highest installed 5G base stations.

The cost of building the 5G base stations has not been disclosed, but it has been speculated that installing one 5G base station on Mount Everest  could cost 1 million yuan ($140,000.

Chine Mobile sources also informed that two 5G base stations have been built on Mt Everest which will provide full 5G coverage for the mountain’s observation deck and No.1 base camp.

Tour industry observers say that the construction of  he 5G stations on Mt. Everest is expected to support various scientific investigation, meteorological monitoring, and mountaineering communication and rescue.

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