KT Opens Communications Center for Mountain Rescue in Nepal
Monday, November 04, 2019 | Comments

KT opened the world's first information, communications and technology (ICT)-assisted mountain rescue center on the Nepal side of the Himalayas 31 October, bolstering emergency communications with climbers.

The South Korean mountain rescue center is equipped with its up-to-date information and communications technologies. The Machhapuchhre Base Camp is located about 3,700 meters above sea level and midway up Mt. Annapurna, which stands 8,091 meters high.

"As part of the Visit Nepal Year in 2020, we expect to have an increased number of tourists," said Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung of Gandaki province. "We are deeply grateful that we can now offer safe trekking environments to visitors in the Annapurna area, thanks to KT's excellent ICT expertise."

The Annapurna massif is one of the world's most dangerous mountain ranges to ascend. Climbers in distress have often become disconnected with rescue personnel. KT's rescue center will provide long-distance wireless communications, GPS tracking and drones for rescue operations, using long-range repeaters.

The ICT rescue center was set up as an agreement signed 30 May between the Nepalese province of Gandaki and the Um Hong Gil Human Foundation, which supports people in less-developed countries. The Nepal Mountaineering Association will operate the center and organize rescue staff in consultation with KT.

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