NASA has awarded Nokia of America $14.1 million to deploy a cellular network on the moon. The freaking moon. The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA’s ‘Tipping Point’ selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration.
Nokia’s plan is to build a 4G/LTE network, and eventually transition to 5G (just like the rest of us). It will be ‘the first LTE/4G communications system in space,’ according to NASA’s announcement.