Nokia has been on this planet for over 150 years, and good old Earth is not interesting for the Finns any more. Nokia won 14.1 million USD to further develop 4G that will be used on NASA’s Moon come back, which is planned in 2024. I deliberately wrote further because Nokia has been working on lunar 4G for quite some time now. Back in 2018, Nokia partnered with Vodafone to bring 4G modules that would help guide Audi’s rovers run on the surface of the Moon. I don’t know what happened with that mission because we would surely see an Audi rover going around the Sea of Serenity.
Anyway, NASA is planning on bringing humans to the Moon in 2024, and the whole process is currently financed with 370 million from various investors. The goal is to make a permanent settlement or a base, and 4G will be crucial to establish a communication there and with Earth. Apparently, 5G isn’t good for this job since its signals travel shortly, which means more radios will be needed up there, and that is a heavy load. Nokia’s job is to look at how can terrestrial communication technology be changed for the lunar environment.
So, if you ever visit Moon, you could say hello to your friends at put thanx to Nokia. Maybe not the best idea to call friends since they’ll tell you that you are drunk 🙂