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First Ever Smartphone Video Call From Peak Of Mount Everest Upsets Nepal

20/05/2013 11:27 BST | Updated 20/05/2013 13:22 BST

Celebrated as a landmark in mobile communication, the world's first ever smartphone video call from the peak of Mount Everest has not amused the Nepalese government.

British explorer, Daniel Hughes, scaled the world's highest peak in his attempt to raise £1 million for Comic Relief.

At the summit he made the video call to the BBC using an HTC One saying: "As you can see, this is the world's first live video call, never been done before, from the rooftop of the world.

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The call lasted two and a half minutes from 8,848 metres up

"It's a very proud moment to be here. It's been two-and-a-half-years in the making."

Nepalese officials however took a slightly dimmer view of Hughes' feat.

An spokesman for the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) said: "It is found that the company concerned is found to have taken permission only for taking walkie-talkie for communication," reports MyRepublica.

Government permission is required in order to make any public broadcasts from the peak of Mount Everest as well as a permit costing $10,000 (£6,582).

The Nepalese government are investigating the incident and will consider if any further action is necessary.

Hughes has raised £40,673 so far, you can donate here.