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Nokia To Build Cell Network On Moon

Nokia will build the first cellular network on the moon as part of a NASA project intended to establish a sustainable human presence on the lunar surface.

The network will be 4G, which the company says is a more robust and reliable technology given its longer track record, though the company does say it will “pursue” space applications of 5G in the future. 

Nokia says the network will provide connectivity “for any activity that astronauts need to carry out,” including using the network for transmitting biometric data, controlling lunar rovers, streaming high-definition video, and enabling voice and video communications.

The company said the network will be built in late 2022, with humans due to arrive shortly after in 2024 as part of NASA’s Project Artemis.

Texas-based Intuitive Machines will partner with Nokia to deliver the equipment to the moon on their lunar lander.


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