Remember last month when we told you that China Mobile was in the process of installing a cell phone tower of some kind on top of Mount Everest so that upcoming Olympians would be able to tell their international buddies about their achievements. Well, that wasn’t a pipe dream. It was very much a reality and China Mobile has successfully completed a test of their temporary transmission station on top of the world’s highest mountain.
China Mobile, the world’s largest cell phone service provider and the company in talks with Apple to launch the iPhone in China, is obviously very proud of this achievement. The transmission station makes it possible “for people in the area for next year’s Olympic torch relay to make calls.” The station is located at an altitude of 21,324 feet. China Mobile hired yaks and porters to transport the equipment.
Two other transmission stations were erected at 17,060 feet and at 19,095 feet, effectively providing cellular service to the entire Mount Everest climbing route. The station is now disassembled and will be re-installed for the torch relay next summer.