Tech giant Nokia and Space agency team up to deploy a 4G cellular network on the moon. According to the report, the American space agency has awarded Nokia of the US $14.1 million to deploy a 4G cellular network on the earth's natural satellite. The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA's "Tipping Point" selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration.
In its contract award annoucemeny, NASA noted,"The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds and provide more reliability than current standards." According to United Press International, Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator in a live broadcast said that the NASA must quickly develop new technologies for living and working on the moon if it wants to realise its goal to have astronauts working at a lunar base by 2028. Bridenstine said,"We need power systems that can last a long time on the surface of the moon, and we need habitation capability on the surface."
Nokia's research arm, Bell Labs, provided more details in a Twitter thread. 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."