Press Release (Project Lobuche)

Fuse2 Communications to push Microsoft Teams Direct Routing to the limit for charity at 6,119m altitude during ascent on Mount Lobuche East in Nepal.

Fuse2 Communications Technical Director Wayne Mills-Kidals is planning a trip to Nepal to test out Microsoft Teams Direct Routing on the top of one of the world’s highest mountains.  In the Khumbu region of Nepal the expedition will pass through Everest Base Camp itself on the way up Lobuche.

There are many factors driving why we are doing this. As one of the first Service Providers in the UK to offer Microsoft Teams Direct Routing it has been a real driver for growth. By aiming high to the top of Lobuche, Mills-Kidals is reflecting this and the importance of the relationship with Microsoft.

The challenging nature of the climb will also challenge the technology and prove that it is the right choice for Enterprises whatever the environment.

From a Fuse2 specific perspective this also fits well with their global footprint. Having PoPs in multiple geographic areas globally will allow Fuse2 to make the Teams call over their own network located in the Asia Pacific region.

Mills-Kidals says “Having our own PoPs geographically close to Nepal ensures the best possible quality of service and experience, regardless of the terrain involved. Surprisingly despite being a remote mountainous region there is good cellular coverage around the Lobuche mountain. As far as we are aware this will probably be the highest Teams call made anywhere on the planet on terra firma.”

Fuse2 don’t just want to make this challenge a technology demonstration. Mills-Kidals is raising money for 3 important charities. Macmillan Cancer Support and Scope are well known in the UK but the third, Kidasha, less so.

Kidasha is a small charity dedicated to helping street children, child labourers, victims of child abuse and children living in slums in Nepal get a better education and be able to stand on their own two feet.

Mills-Kidals will be visiting Kidasha facilities in Nepal to see their work in action.

The event has network equipment vendors Netaxis Solutions and Ribbon Communications as headline sponsors and is happy to talk to anyone wishing to contribute, large or small.

For more about Project Lobuche with details of how to donate see the landing page on the Fuse2 website. Mills Kidals sets off for Kathmandu on 24th October.