Thanks to Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE, which has deployed eight 3G base stations in Mt. Everest National Park, hikers and climbers can now check-in on the location-based social network FourSquare and become the 'mayor' of the Himalayas. By Leila Makki
The tailor-made network, rolled out by ZTE and Ncell, covers the hiking route leading up to Mt. Everest and base camp, which is 5180 meters above sea level.
The network, which enables voice coverage and 3G broadband services, can withstand high altitude and harsh weather conditions that are associated with the world’s highest mountain.
The micro base-stations are environmentally-conscious and have low power-consumption, a small footprint, and are easy to install, claims ZTE. A one-piece mast and heat-insulating shelter are used for the stations, which allow them to be installed quickly without the need for earthworks or foundation construction.
Solar panels are incorporated in the design to ensure that the stations have power supply throughout the year allowing each station to operate at optimal levels with minimal power usage even with outdoor temperatures as low as minus 30 to 40 degrees Centigrade.
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