Chinese companies install 5-G tower on Mount Everest 

China Mobile Hong Kong and Huawei installed 5-G tower on Mount Everest as part of its ambitious expansion program  of 5G network worldwide , a report in The Sun  said.

The companies  used Yaks to transport eight tonnes of infrastructure up to a height of 6,500 metres  from sea level to install the 5G tower at Mount Everest’s North Base Camp. At a height of 6,500 metres, it’s the highest 5G antenna installation in the world, say organisers China Mobile Hong Kong and Huawei.

China’s mainland telecommunications firm , China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) announced completion of the joint installation on Facebook, saying that it had “successfully built more 5G base stations, including 6,500 meters above sea level on the highest peak, Mount Everest”.

Acording to reports, the companies said that the tower would help improve communication for “mountaineering friends” for whom it was no longer “a dream to reach 8K live broadcasts with relatives and friends on 5G network“.

Both companies have a network of engineers on site to maintain and continue to optimise the new technology. They also plan to use the network in order to properly measure the true height of Mount Everest, currently officially listed as 8,848 metres (29,029 ft).

CMHK announced the “5G on Mount Everest” project earlier this month.

Three 5G base stations have been built at Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5,300 meters, and a transition camp at 5,800 meters. A further two stations have now been installed at the 6,500-meter-high elevation camp, so the signal will be able to cover the summit of Mount Everest.

About 25 kms of fibre optic cables were laid as part of the project and more than 150 employees took part in the construction and maintenance of the equipment, including the upgrade of the 177 km transmission trunk line and route along Everest, Unwire  reported.

The firms said the technology was invented in the region to help provide 5G high-definition video of the magnificent mountain vistas available in the area. It would also be a useful tool for mountaineers, scientists and other specialists working in the area.

CMHK said the network speed of 5G was “more than ten times that of 4G. “In a 5G network environment, downloading a 1GB file can be completed in one-to-three seconds,”  report in the The Sun said.