Now Official: Internet Is Everywhere. 3G Network Now Covers Mt. Everest : The Two-Way A cell phone company has installed 8 base stations around Mt. Everest. Now you can Skype from the summit.
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Now Official: Internet Is Everywhere. 3G Network Now Covers Mt. Everest

Mount Everest, left, seen from above Everest Base camp. GURINDER OSAN/AP hide caption

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Imagine it. You're summiting Everest. A goal you've worked towards for months. The climb was hard, but you made it. The vista incredible, you're at the highest point on the globe. And what do you want to do? Skype your Mom, of course. And now you can.

AFP is reporting that the cell phone company Ncell has installed a 3G network on the mountain.

"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.

Previously climbers depended on spotty voice only cell coverage or costly satellite phones. The company has installed 8 solar powered base stations in the Everest area.

Now you can get annoying emails from your boss wherever you are. Wonderful.