March 23, Kathmandu: Ncell which is a private sector telecommunication company in Nepal is building the cell phone tower at the world’s highest point at an altitude of 5,200 meters which provides dedicated ultra-fast 4G connectivity.

The Everest base camp already has 4G service but there is no dedicated infrastructure.

The company will erect base transceiver stations (BTS) in at least five locations in the Everest region, ranging in elevation from 3,830 to 5,204 meters above sea level, to serve mountain communities.

According to Ncell “If things go as per our plan, we will have our 4G live in the area by the fourth quarter this year,”.

“Access to high-speed mobile broadband in the area will support multiple sectors, including tourism. With 4G access, people from remote areas of the Everest region can take advantage of the opportunities that high-speed mobile connectivity brings. Tourists can share the excitement of their visit to the region and stay connected with their loved ones,” Ncell added to an email sent to the news company.

According to Ncell, an initial report has shown that a 4G signal can be received on the Everest summit at 8,848.86 meters. It said the exact result would be known after the test is successful.

According to the report as the Everest region is located in a geographically remote area it will also, help in disaster risk management and minimization.

The proposed project will cover 753.55 square meters of Sagarmatha National park. Five BTS towers of 7-meter height are planned to be built-in Thame, Dingboche, Somare, Pari hill, Pyramid hill, and, Thukla hill.