Do you have a signal here? Nokia will build a mobile network on the moon

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Finland’s Nokia has been selected by NASA to build the first cellular network on the moon, the company said on Monday.The lunar grid will be part of the US space agency’s efforts to bring humans back to the moon by 2024 and build long-term colonies there as part of its Artemis program.

Nokia said the first broadband wireless communication system in space will be built on the lunar surface in late 2022, before humans return there.

The Finnish company will partner with private Texas-based spacecraft design company Intuitive Machines to deliver network equipment to the moon on their lunar lander.

After delivery, the network will configure itself and establish the first LTE (Long-Term Evolution) communication system on the moon, Nokia said.

“The network will provide critical communication capabilities for many data transmission applications, including vital command and control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming of high definition video.” Nokia said.

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