NASA and Nokia to build the first 4G network on the Moon

Alonzo Simpson
October 23, 2020

The US space agency NASA has said it will provide $14 million to technology company Nokia to install 4G cellular towers. It has actually approved Dollars 14.1 million to Nokia to share 4G cell network on Moon. She wrote, "Working with our partners at @Int_Machines, this groundbreaking network will be the critical communications fabric for data transmission applications, including the control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation over lunar geography and streaming of high definition video".

Nasa aims to return humans to the moon by 2024 and dig in for a long-term presence there under its Artemis programme. The plan is to first build a 4G network, and eventually transition to 5G, just like on Earth.

The LTE tech will be developed by Nokia Bell Labs.

Telecom equipment supplier Nokia will use a $14.1 million (R230 million) grant to build the moon's first wireless network as part of NASA's plans to establish a human presence there.

"By building the first high performance wireless network solution on the Moon, Nokia Bell Labs is once again planting the flag for pioneering innovation beyond the conventional limits", announced Marcus Weldon, Chief Technology Officer at Nokia and Nokia Bell Labs President. The company planned to do this way back in 2018 in collaboration with PT Scientists, a German space company, and Vodafone UK to launch an LTE network at the site of Apollo 17 landing.

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The honor provided to Nokia is essential for Dollars 370 million well worth of arrangements noted under NASA's.

NASA said that the their Space Technology Mission Directorate or STMD would negotiate with companies to offer milestone-based firm fixed-price contracts that would last for around five years. While there aren't details about the timeline of this project becoming a reality, it's all in support of NASA's goal of having a lunar base on the moon by 2028, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in the broadcast.

Nokia Bell Labs' 4G LTE communications technology will help NASA advance its mission to land more people on the moon.

Nokia is partnering with USA company Intuitive Machines, which NASA chose to build a small "hopper lander" that can access lunar craters and carry out high-resolution surveys of the lunar surface over a short distance.

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