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Mount Fuji gets free Wi-Fi






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Japan's snow-covered Mount Fuji is a world-famous mountain. Nearly 300,000 people climb the 3,776-meter mountain every year. Now they can tweet about it or post pictures on Facebook from the top of Mount Fuji. Japan's biggest telecommunications company has started a free Wi-Fi service on Fuji. Climbers can access free Wi-Fi service at eight different hotspots, including at the summit. The Wi-Fi will only be available for three months. This is the length of the climbing season. After users log on, they will have 72 hours of free Wi-Fi access from the mountain.

The number of climbers on Mount Fuji has increased since the mountain became a UNESCO World Heritage site two years ago. The U.N. said Fuji was an important symbol of Japan. Local authorities hope the Wi-Fi service will keep climbers safe on the mountain. People can now check weather warnings and find shelter. They can also call for help if their phone loses its signal. The highest place in the world to have a Wi-Fi hotspot is Mount Everest. It has a hotspot at its last base camp, which is 5,148 metres high. The North Pole and the International Space Station also have hotspots.

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