Mobile Coverage Hits a New High

ZTE Corporation has successfully deployed eight 3G stations in the Mt. Everest National Park, including some at Mt. Everest base camp, 5,180 metres above sea level, in order to provide quality voice and 3G broadband services for local residents and mountaineers from all around the world preparing to climb the world’s highest mountain.

To withstand the high altitude and extremely harsh natural environment of the Himalayas, ZTE provided a tailor-made solution for the Mt. Everest project with a strong ‘green’ focus. The micro base-stations are based on ZTE’s SDR platform, which has low power-consumption, a small footprint, and is easy to install. 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 and are environmentally friendly. These features will allow each station to operate at optimal levels with minimal power usage even with outdoor temperatures as low as minus 30 – 40 degrees Centigrade.

At the launch of the eight stations in the Mt. Everest project, Aigars Benders, CTO of Ncell, Nepal’s second largest mobile operator, with 40 per cent market share, congratulated the teams involved via video, saying: “You are on the peak of the world! With the launch of the 3G station, visitors to the south side of Mt. Everest can share what they see, what they feel, and what they think during their trip to Mt. Everest with their friends and relatives at any time.”