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Huawei deploys high speed 4G on Mount Everest

Works with China Mobile for historic ascent
Fri Jul 05 2013, 13:30
A view of Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border

CHINESE TELECOM GIANT Huawei has deployed high speed 4G mobile services on Mount Everest, over 5,200 metres above sea level.

The firm worked with China Mobile to roll out 4G services to the remote Himalayan mountain area last month, announcing that it had successfully demonstrated a number of services running on the network, such as streaming live HD video from the Mount Everest base camp.

David Wang, president of Huawei Wireless Networks said the feat showed the impact 4G is having on the global telecoms market and is an indication of the firm's ability to bring high speed mobile services to any area of the world.

"Bringing 4G to Mount Everest marks an important milestone in global LTE development," he said.

"We are very excited to make this possible, and look forward to working with more operators worldwide to bring high-speed mobile broadband services anytime and anywhere."

While the ability to access 4G mobile services at a mountaineering base camp is impressive, there is still a ways to go to get high speed 4G services to the top of the mountain, which sits another three kilometers higher at 8,848m.

It is not the first time that Huawei has been up Everest, as the firm worked with China mobile to bring GSM services to the region ahead of the 2008 Olympics Games torch relay. For those without a 4G phone, there's 3G service available on the mountain to fall back on.

Huawei has recently found itself the target of politicians in both the US and UK, as some have questioned its involvement in critical infrastructure projects given its close ties to the Chinese government. µ

 

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