3G coverage now reaches the top of Vietnam’s climbing hotspot Fansipan, dubbed the Roof of Indochina.
Telecom company VinaPhone has become the first provider on Vietnam's highest mountain, which rises above the famoust resort town of Sa Pa at 3,143 meters (10,311 feet).
A source from the company, told The Saigon Times Online that they spent more than 50 days setting up the first transceiver station at 3,045 meters height.
The station facilitates phone calls and allows users to access broadband Internet at a claimed speed of 42 megabytes per second within a three to four kilometer distance from the mountain top.
VinaPhone representative said the new service allows tourists to share their exploration experience on the Internet in real time.
But besides serving tourists’ communication demands and keeping them safe, the network also helps staff at Hoang Lien national park, which is home to Fansipan mountain, in fire control and rescue and resource management, according to Vinaphone.
Fansipan attracts foreign and Vietnamese tourists alike, but local authorities last year tightened hiking rules following a missing person incident that involved a group of climbers which had not registered for their expedition.
Pham Ngoc Anh, a 20-year-old college student from Hanoi, was missing on the mountain in last July. Other students in his group said he went along a different path when they stopped for a rest and never came back.
There has not been update about Anh or his body being found.
Lao Cai officials called that a rare case. They said people went missing once in a while around the mountain but would be found in a couple days.
Last month, staffs of Hoang Lien park rescued Israeli hiker Burstein Noam
, 23, who ran out of food after four days lost in a forest near Fansipan mountain at around 3 degrees Celsius.
The tourist managed to call his family and the Israeli embassy in Hanoi, who contacted the park management.