On Friday 2 April, SCO started tower installation work at K2 base camp and Broad peak in parallel. Source added that this coverage extension is to facilitate the mountaineers to be in contact with their loved ones. K2 base camp is at 8 days trekking distance from Askoli, the last village of Shigar district. Before the telecommunication facility, the only source of communication at K2 BC is satellite phones.
This mobile facility will surely help to boost the number of tourists and explorers towards K2 and broad peak. High-speed internet can also support the expedition team for tracking purposes. Whenever we faced any accident during expedition either on K2 or Broad peak, satellite phone technology didn’t work out fruitfully. The SCO mobile facility will be a life-saving change at the foot of these deadly mountains. This SCO tower at K2 base camps and Broad peak will support high-speed internet to connect with the world.
Special communication organization’s coverage Extention to K2 base camp is also a good gesture towards tourism promotion in the region.
This tower commissioning work is expected to complete within few weeks before the summer expedition season.
This SCO tower at K2 base camp installation project is executed in April 2021. Commissioning deadline is before the summer expedition season, source.