Ski Resort Of Gulmarg Becomes One Of The Highest Wi-Fi Zones In The World26 April 2011
Srinagar: Gulmarg, the seventh best ski destination in Asia, has added another feather to its cap by becoming one of the highest Wi-Fi zones in the world at an altitude of 4120 meters. Thanks to the Jammu and Kashmir government, the ski resort will have Wi-Fi facilities that will withstand the snow storms and -40 degree temperature to provide internet facilities to tourists even in bone-chilling winters. Spread over more than five square kilometres covering the Gulmarg bowl including Kongdoori and Apharwat hill-tops, the project was conceived, designed and implemented 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. The efforts of the team were applauded by the chief minister, who himself tested the Wi-Fi broadband connectivity speed at Gulmarg and even conceded that the speed was so far the best he had seen in the state. '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. This is second best honour to the Gulmarg after it was declared seventh top ski resort of Asia by CNN International last year. Appi Kogen, Tohoku in Japan, tops the list as the best ski resort in Asia, followed by Niseko, Hokkaido, also in Japan. Gulmarg has been recommended by CNN as one of the best ski destinations for downhill thrills, which attracts visitors from across the globe. The coveted honour has come at a time when the fledgling tourism sector desperately needs a lifeline to overcome the recession inflicted by last year's unrest. The tourism sector has suffered huge financial losses due to the unrest which had started on June 11 last year, the prime of the tourism season in Kashmir.