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Free Wi-Fi is on its way to Mount Everest in an effort to ease communication and boost tourism

Ever travelled to the foot of Mount Everest and cursed not being able to Snapchat the experience? Well, now you will be able to, as its base camp is set to offer free Wi-Fi zones.

Mount Everest is getting free Wi-Fi. Mount Everest Wi-Fi
Mount Everest is getting free Wi-Fi. Image by David Cheskin/PA

According to the Hindustan Times, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) announced that the technological step is being taken to help facilitate communication and aid rescue efforts. At a height of 5360 metres, this will make it the highest location where free Wi-Fi is available. These Wi-Fi trials will be rolled out in both the Lukla-Everest Base Camp area and at Annapurna Base Camp.

Mount Everest is getting free Wi-Fi. Mount Everest Wi-Fi
Mount Everest is getting free Wi-Fi. Image by David Cheskin/PA

Located in Nepal, the mountain is a very popular destination for trekkers and mountaineers. Digambar Jha, chairman of the state-run NTA, said: “we will expand this service in other areas too.” He is hoping that besides easing communication, tourists and other users can send photos, videos and messages that will help boost tourism.

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