Nokia secures NASA funding to set up 4G on the Moon

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 18, 2020

Notably, in February 2018, Vodafone Germany partnered with Nokia to introduce the 4G network on the moon. The company has shown interest in bringing high-speed cellular connectivity to the Moon in the past as well but now NASA has chose to give Nokia $14.1 million for the same. It is simply because NASA wants to "build up an array of mission-ready capabilities to support a sustainable presence on the Moon and future human missions to Mars", as per an official statement.

"We want to build the lunar infrastructure that is going to enable an worldwide partnership for the biggest, broadest, most diverse inclusive coalition of researchers and explorers in the history of humankind", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. NASA is spending $370 million for the same and Nokia just got $14.1 million to develop 4G infrastructure for the Moon. Even during the Apollo missions (1969-1972), NASA had to rely on radio communication using transmitters and base stations to relay messages. Developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, it enabled all communications. "The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds, and provide more reliability than current standards", said NASA.

So, why is NASA spending so much for the Moon?

Reuters also added that "the system would also extend to spacecraft".

However, with 5G already slowly rolling out on Earth, it brings the question of why the latest technology isn't preferred.

This is not Nokia's first attempt to launch an LTE network on the moon. The cellular service will allow astronauts, rovers, lunar landers, and habitats to communicate with one another according to Jim Reuter, the Associate Administrator for NASA's Space.

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