Mount Everest “Wired”: 3g Mobile Service Available for Trekkers & Sherpas

6a00d8341bf7f753ef0134852d9e23970c.jpg The Hindustan Times reported some interesting news the other day reporting that the reach of globalization has finally come full circle. A Nepali telecommunications firm just started providing third-generation (3G) mobile service at the summit of Mount Everest at 29,029 ft

Thomas Friedman of the New York Times reported that The Hindustan Times carried a small news item the other day that, depending on your perspective, is good news or a sign of the apocalypse. It reported that a Nepali telecommunications firm had just started providing third-generation mobile network service, or 3G, at the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, to “allow thousands of climbers and trekkers who throng the region every year access to high-speed Internet and video calls using their mobile phones.”

Friedman added that "this is just one small node in what is the single most important trend unfolding in the world today: globalization — the distribution of cheap tools of communication and innovation that are wiring together the world’s citizens, governments, businesses, terrorists and now mountaintops — is going to a whole new level. In India alone, some 15 million new cellphone users are being added each month.


Casey Kazan via NYTimes

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