China's largest cell phone service provider successfully tested a transmission station on Mount Everest on Tuesday, making it possible for climbers and those on next year's Olympic torch relay to make calls. China Mobile had to hire yaks and porters to help transport equipment up to the station site at 21, 325 feet, the Xinhua News Agency said.
Immediately after testing it, workers began packing away the station for the winter, Xinhua said. It will be reassembled for the Olympic torch relay next summer, when the flame is to be carried to Everest's 29,035-foot summit.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Xinhua.