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Nokia has received $ 14.1m NASA funding to establish 4G network on the moon

 Nokia has received $ 14.1m NASA funding to establish 4G network on the moon.

The moon is about to get its very own mobile phone network. Vodafone Germany has teamed with Nokia to build the first 4G network on the moon. 

it will support a private lunar rover mission by the Berlin-based team Part Time Scientists, known as PTScientists.

Nokia company is teaming up with NASA to ensure that a new wave of lunar astronauts can post their experience on their Instagram account if they wish. 

The US space agency will give $14.1m to finnish telecoms company to build a 4G cellphone network on the moon. 

The announcement comes as part of the $ 370m of contracts released yesterday, as NASA pushes towards the moon's return in 2024 - with the first crew of the Artemis mission expected to include at least one woman.

The contract has been awarded to the US subsidiary of Nokia but will draw on the experience of the entire company. 

NASA said the system could support lunar surface communications over longer distances, increase speed and provide greater reliability than current standards.

The 4G network will be used as a foothold for astronauts, vehicles, and any future permanent moonbase: "With NASA funding, Nokia will focus on providing reliable, high-rate communications to the lunar environment. 

To support how the lunar environment can be modified, ”Jim Reuter, Associate Administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate.

During the original 1969–1972 Apollo mission, engineers were completely reliant on radio communications, using NASA's 'S-band' of 2-4Ghz, a network of transmitters, base stations and relays back to Earth. 

A digital, cellular service will be a major improvement in terms of the quality and efficiency of surface-to-surface communication when we return to live on the moon.

It does give rise to the question of why 5G isn’t being considered. We believe this is because 5G signals can only reach shorter distances, meaning that more base stations would be required. 

4G will do an ample job in those early days, with far less infrastructure. Maybe the moon will get a 5G (or even 6G) upgrade once we’re settled on the surface. Just don’t expect Huawei to win that tender.

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