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7 summits and other mountain stuff => News => Topic started by: 7summits on Apr 23 2003, 02:43

Title: GSM coverage on Mount Everest & Kilimanjaro
Post by: 7summits on Apr 23 2003, 02:43
China Mobile is putting a GSM base station on Mount Everest. The move is to support a team sponsored by the Chinese internet portal, Sohu which will send daily reports of their assent via SMS and MMS to subscribers.
Charles Zhang, CEO, President and Chairman of SOHU.com and an experienced mountain climber, will join the ‘2003 China SOHU Team’, organized by the China Mountaineering Association (CMA) and sponsored by SOHU, as assistant captain until the Northern Valley at 7,028 meter. He will use text-based short messages services (SMS) and multimedia messaging service (MMS) throughout the journey to report on the expedition’s progress. The twelve-member team, led by renowned alpinist and Assistant Secretary-General of the CMA Yongfeng Wang, is expected to reach the 8,848 meters high summit on May 20 and plant the team flag.

China Mobile will set up a mobile telephone system at the Base Station to provide the wireless signal, while Motorola will contribute 388C multimedia messaging enabled phones. Meanwhile, SOHU will provide the value-added content services for live SMS and MMS broadcasting throughout the expedition and bring exclusive online reporting on the SOHU website.

"The joint effort of these three parties to bring SMS and MMS to the Mount Everest is a new milestone in the IT industry. It is the dream of every mobile operator to bring wireless communication to the top of the world. To date, nobody has attempted to bring communication to every corner of the earth through mobile phone messaging from the tallest mountain peak," said Hongyu Wang, vice-director of China Mobile’s Database Department.

Generally, wireless operating equipment can only work below a height of 4,000 meters. China Mobile is the first carrier to bring wireless applications to a level above 5,100 meters. “We want the China Mobile subscribers to enjoy an uninterrupted signal anywhere and experience the richness of multimedia messaging. This undertaking will be an momentous test for our equipment, technology, staff and organization,” commented Hongyu Wang of China Mobile.

Africa's tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro
also has a GSM base station on its summit for tourists to use, provided by Vodacom Tanzania. Other notable high altitude GSM base stations can be found at La Paz, Bolivia, the highest capital in the world at 4100 meters and Syangboche, Nepal which is an Everest base camp, at 3874 meters

(from Cellularnews.com (http://www.cellular-news.com/story/8727.shtml))