After CNN International put Gulmarg ski resort on the map with a number 7 ranking for the best ski areas in Asia, they now boast one of the highest wi-fi networks in the world at 4,120 meters. In an area where frost bite is the norm, snow storms are nothing short of blizzards with -40 degree temperatures and howling winds. The system was built to withstand the weather by the network design team from Directorate of Information Technology and Support System (IT & SS), University of Kashmir with bandwidth being provided by Software Technology Park of India (STPI).
“The KU-Gulmarg Wi-Fi network is regarded as one of the highest Wi-Fi zones in the world at an altitude of 4120 metres above sea level and the devices used have been designed with lightening protection which can withstand temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius and heavy snow-storms,” said an official spokesperson.
“Gulmarg houses the world highest ropeway – Gulmarg Gondola. The Wi-Fi will cover the ropewaywhich makes it one of the highest Wi-Fi zones in the world. This facility will help the tourists stay connected even in the harsh winters and on the highest Alps. This is another jewel in the crown of Gulmarg,” said Nasir Aslam Wani, J&K minister for state for tourism.
So when you’re out there skiing or snowboarding in the elements, don’t forget your iphone or android so you can order a burger or some noodles from the chair lift.