(ORDO NEWS) — Cellular communication will appear on the moon. Nokia has won a tender to build a cellular network on the lunar surface.
While advanced 5G technology will not immediately appear on our satellite, NASA says Nokia’s 4G network must provide reliable connectivity from the planned lunar base to the mission control center on Earth. However, the space agency says it will eventually upgrade the network to 5G once things get better.
While NASA aims to establish its lunar base on the Moon by 2028, Nokia says in press releases that it hopes to deploy “the first ultra-compact, low-power, space-resistant, end-to-end LTE solution” to the Moon’s surface in late 2022, just two years from now.
“Building on our successful history of space technology, from pioneering satellite communications to the discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation created by the Big Bang, we are now building the first ever cellular network on the moon,” said Nokia CTO Marcus Weldon.
He adds: “Reliable, resilient and high-performance communication networks will be key to maintaining a sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. With the first high-performance wireless networking solution on the moon, Nokia Bell Labs is once again setting the flag for pioneering innovation that goes beyond mainstream.”
It is reported that Nokia will receive $ 14.1 million for the project. According to the mobile technology company, the network is “ideal for providing wireless connectivity for any activity that astronauts need to perform, providing voice and video capabilities, telemetry and biometrics, and the deployment and control of robots and sensors.”
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