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NASA has granted Nokia of United States (US) with USD 14.1 million to install a 4G mobile network on the Moon.
The award was part of the 370 million dollar contracts by NASA for the advancement of research and development in space exploration.
“The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds and provide more reliability than current standards,” NASA stated in its contract award announcement.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, in a live broadcast, said that the space agency should quickly bring in new technologies for existence on the moon and realise the goals of astronauts working at a lunar base by 2028.
In 2018, Nokia had collaborated with PT Scientists (Part-Time) and Vodafone UK to launch LTE network at the Apollo 17 landing site but failed to get off the ground.