Nowadays, it seems that the internet is omnipresent; we think that it is with us wherever we go—and we need it to be with us always. We catch up on emails on the bus, video chat with family on business trips, and check out cafes from our phones while on vacation. But have you ever been curious which part of the Earth is flat-out inaccessible or is too remote even to connect to the world wide web?
Thanks to speed testing, we are now able to know just how fast or slow or even non-existent an Internet is in a specific area. From the isolated to the uninhabited, we’re curious about what the Internet looks like in unusual places. Say, for example, Mt Everest. What’s the Internet like at Mt Everest? Mountaineers have experimented on this and found out the following data on what the Internet looks like at 18,000 ft. in the Himalayas:
“With more than 200 Wi-Fi hotspots located in more than 40 villages in Nepal, they not only have the highest network in the world, they probably have one of the most difficult working zones as well—including below freezing temperatures and low oxygen levels. And because their access points are so remote, they rely on solar power, the only electricity source available. So there is the Internet on Everest, even if the ping’s a little slow”, said Everest Link CEO Tsering G. Sherpa.