Finnish company Nokia has been selected by NASA to build the first mobile network on the Moon, the company announced on Monday.
The lunar network will be part of the US space agency’s efforts to bring humans back to the Moon in 2024 and build long-term settlements there based on its Artemis program.
Nokia said the first space-wide wireless communication system would be built on the lunar surface by the end of 2022, before humans return there.
The Finnish company will partner with the Texas-based private firm Intuitive Machines to send mobile network equipment to the Moon with their lunar lander.
After sending the devices, the network will configure itself and deploy the first LTE (Long-Term Evolution) communication system on the Moon, Nokia said.
“The network will enable communication for various data transmission applications, including command and control functions, remote control of lunar vehicles, real-time navigation and high definition video transmission,” he said. Nokia.