NASA Partners With Nokia to Build a Cellular Network on the Moon

International space station and astronauts in outer spaceAndrey Armyagov / Shutterstock

As mobile operators are push for 5G connectivity Around the world, a new partnership between NASA and Nokia now promises to bring cellular connectivity to the moon.

Announced Monday, the duo plan to build the cellular network by the end of 2022. But unlike here on Earth, they will use the most tested and reliable 4G LTE network. Although Nokia says it will ‘eventually’ switch to 5G.

Nokia is partnering with Intuitive Machines, a Texas-based privately-held spacecraft design company to deliver equipment between Earth and Moon via their lunar lander.

The new network will allow astronauts to make voice calls and use data features like video calls on their own devices. In addition, it will also allow remote access and control of lunar rovers and other robotic devices. NASA expects humans to return to the moon in 2024.

Source: Nokia via Reuters

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