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Mobile operator helps Tibetan girl get connected to online classes

(People's Daily Online)    11:14, March 31, 2020

A video of a Tibetan girl looking for a phone signal on a snow-capped mountain so that she could attend online classes has drawn a great deal of attention recently.

The girl, named Silang Bazhen, lives in a remote village in the city of Qamdo, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. She is a student at the Jiangsu Food and Pharmaceutical Science College in east China’s Jiangsu province, which has been offering online courses during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Unable to find a stable phone signal at home, she spent 30 minutes climbing the mountain next to her home and took four hours of lessons at a time in sub-freezing weather.

Many people were moved by the story and her thirst for knowledge after pictures of her on the mountain went online.

A local branch of China Mobile, a major telecommunications operator, was so moved by the images that it immediately decided to lend her a helping hand.

Technicians from the company travelled nearly six hours from the downtown of Qamdo to her home. After carrying out a field survey, they decided to build a new 4G base station on the mountain next to her home, which will provide high speed internet coverage to the area.


On Feb. 27, China Mobile officially launched a 4G base station, the first in the village. Now, Silang Bazhen can access online courses from her home.

It’s unusual to build a new base station for a remote village, as construction costs 200,000 to 300,000 yuan, not to mention the high cost of maintenance. Furthermore, the telecommunications revenue may not offset the electricity costs for the base station. 

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