Vodafone has just stated that it has appointed Nokia as its technology partner to develop a space-grade network which would be a small piece of hardware weighing less than a bag of sugar. This will give the moon its first mobile phone network next year, enabling high-definition streaming from the lunar landscape back to earth. Vodafone Germany, network equipment maker Nokia and carmaker Audi said on Tuesday they were working together to support the mission, 50 years after the first NASA astronauts walked on the moon. The companies are working with Berlin-based company PTScientists on the project, with a launch scheduled in 2019 from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Vodafone said. Vodafone Germany Chief Executive Hannes Ametsreiter stated;
This project involves a radically innovative approach to the development of mobile network infrastructure.One executive involved said the decision to build a 4G network rather a state-of-the-art 5G network was taken because the next generation networks remain in the testing and trial stage and are not stable enough to ensure they would work from the lunar surface.
news courtesy: Reuters