The moon may get its own 4G coverage in 2019, thanks to Vodafone Germany and network equipment maker Nokia. According to news sources, the moon will get its first mobile phone network.
The companies are partnering to work with part-time scientists, named “PTScientists,” who has appointed Nokia as its technology partner today. The carmaker Audi is also a partner of this project.
The lunar landscape will support high-definition streaming between the moon and Earth and is a part of a project to back the first privately funded moon mission.
The 4G network will be based on the Ultra Compact Network, less than 2.2-lb. (1 kilogram) device and it will be a lot more energy-efficient than analog radio, the partners claim.
PTScientists is known as Part-Time Scientists which is a group of volunteer scientists and engineers based in Germany. According to Vodafone, the project will be launched in 2019 from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
PTScientists CEO Robert Böhme said that with this mission they will test and establish 4G coverage network communication on the Moon.
One executive from Vodafone said that the idea of building a 4G network rather than a 5G network was formed because the next generation networks are in developing state and are not stable enough to ensure it would work from the lunar surface.
“These aims have potentially wide-ranging implications for many stakeholders and humanity as a whole, and we look forward to working closely with Vodafone and the other partners in the coming months, prior to the launch in 2019,” Nokia chief technology officer and Bell Labs president, Marcus Weldon, said.