Ncell Plans To Expand Its 4G Network at Everest Base Camp

At Everest base camp, Ncell intends to expand 4G broadband. If everything goes according to plan, the operator might launch a high-speed network in the area. This will be by the fourth quarter of this year, at a height of 5,200 meters.

Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp, source:

Expansion of 4G Network at Everest Base Camp

At the Everest base camp, Ncell aims to build five base stations (EBC). For this 4G expansion project, Ncell has teamed with ZTE, a telecom equipment vendor. The frequency of operation for these base stations will mostly be 900 MHz. Additional bands, however, would be made available “to assure delivery of excellent and seamless voice and data service,” according to the statement. Somare Pari Hill, Thukla Hill, Thame, Dingboche, and Pyramid Hill are possible options. Similarly, these cell towers will operate a 4G network at altitudes ranging from 3,830 to 5,204 meters above sea level. Previously, the Ncell provided 4G services in Namche’s north and west sectors, as well as at the Everest View Hotel. It has also performed preventative network operation and maintenance at EBC, which is located at a height of 5,363 meters.

More on plans for 4G at EBC

This is the highest point on the planet to find a mobile service tower. The most recent plan is to expand base camp coverage, but only with those base stations. More base stations at the Everest base camp, according to Ncell, represent “huge gains in-network coverage, ensuring high-speed data access to locals and tourists/climbers visiting the area.” Ncell claims it has been working on this project for three years and expects it to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022. Because of the mountainous and irregular terrain, Ncell claims that covering the entire route is not inexpensive nor possible. Ncell, on the other hand, claims that they will continue to improve coverage through optimization and possibly coverage enhancement projects in the future.


Before turning on 4G at Everest Base Camp, Ncell will wait for EIA approval

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report on BTS locations for the Everest Base Camp Trekking Route led to Ncell’s Everest Base Camp project. On March 14, the Ministry of Forests and Environment began requesting candidates to provide input.

Similarly, Ncell aspires to create 4G connectivity while paying close attention to its environmental impact. The EIA reports assist the telecom in taking the appropriate actions to mitigate any potential environmental harm associated with the broadband project in the area.

Ncell claims that its 4G network will be available at an altitude of 8,848.86 meters, which is higher than Mt. Everest. However, only the test will determine the final outcome.

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