China’s largest cell phone service provider successfully tested a transmission station on Mount Everest on Tuesday, making it possible for climbers and those on next year’s Olympic torch relay to make calls, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
China Mobile transported equipment up to the station site at 21,325 feet. The new station, along with two other China Mobile stations at 17,060 feet and 19,095 feet, would provide cell phone service along the entire Mount Everest climbing route. It would also be put into use during next year’s Olympic torch relay, which will take the flame to the 29,035-foot summit. Organizers of the Beijing Games reportedly plan to stage the longest torch relay in Olympic history-an 85,000-mile route crossing five continents.