4G is coming … to the Moon!

Satellite in orbit around the moon as Nokia announces it will work with NAsa to bring 4G to the moon

4G is coming … to the Moon, but it’s not just all for facebook and instagram likes.

Nokia logo in front of the Moon as Nasa grants fund for the telecom giant to build a 4G network on the MoonIn a bizarre turn of events it would seem that tech giant Nokia and Nasa have teamed up to ensure that future astronauts will be able to post selfies to their Instagram account and tweet about their experience from the Moon, however only to each other in the first instance.

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Nokia has won a $14.1m (€12m) funding contract from the US space agency to develop and built a 4G network across the moon.

The new contract is part of a massive $370m (€315m) range of contracts that were issued on Wednesday, October 14. The contracts have all been issued as part of Nasa’s renewed push to return to the Moon in 2024.

Nasa said, “The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds, and provide more reliability than current standards,”

The installation of the network could also help in the development of a permanent future base on the Moon.

Sunlight shines behind the Moon as Nasa consider future settlement thereJim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, said, “With NASA funding, Nokia will look at how terrestrial technology could be modified for the lunar environment to support reliable, high-rate communications,”

The idea of 5G infrastructure on the Moon has also been discussed however, at this time, it is thought a 4G network will be adequate and it requires much easier installation and less infrastructure.

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