Nokia is going to build a 4G network on the moon in collaboration with NASA. The Finnish telecom company announced this on Monday. It is the first cellular network on the moon.
The cellular connection should be operational by the end of 2022 and is part of NASA’s Artemis program. With that, the US space agency wants to have a “sustainable human presence” on the moon by the end of the decade.
The 4G connection will allow astronauts to communicate via audio and video and exchange data between devices and sensors. The network can also control moon carts.
According to Nokia, 4G was chosen because this network technology has already proven itself to be reliable. Moreover, there is plenty of equipment available that can handle 4G. However, it is being investigated whether 5G can also be used in space in the long term.