Nepal Telecom has announced a series of new towers that will make cell phone reception possible at the summit of Mt. Everest. Currently only extremely expensive satellite phones allow climbers to communicate from the top of the world.
Nepal Telecom will build towers in nearby Thakdin, Manjo, Pheriche and Gorak Shep to provide service. The tower in Gorak Shep will be very close to base camp at Everest, and will provide service to the summit.