Not content with showing off the flagship Sirocco 8 or the smart jacket, Nokia went above and beyond at Mobile World Congress by partnering with Vodafone to bring 4G to the Moon.
Telecom giant Vodafone will have a 4G mobile network installed in 2019. It will use Audi rovers, Nokia masts and a SpaceX rocket that will depart from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida USA. Why? At this point, the question should really be “Why not?”
Actually, this privately-owned project is not owned by Nokia or Vodafone, but it’s a huge collaboration set in motion by the German space firm PTScientists.
They partnered with Audi to create two quattro rovers that will go to the Moon and stream HD images of its surface on Earth.
In order for them to communicate the information back to Earth, Vodafone and Nokia will work to establish a 4G LTE network.
While the headline is as hilarious and unexpected as it can get, this partnership is indeed something wonderful and aligned with Elon Musk’s vision for space exploration. 50 years after humans first walked on the Moon, we’ll see the first privately-funded Moon landing in 2019.
“This project involves a radically innovative approach to the development of mobile network infrastructure. It is also a great example of an independent, multi-skilled team achieving an objective of immense significance through their courage, pioneering spirit and inventiveness,” highlighted the CEO of Vodafone Germany, Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter.
Why LTE though? The CEO and Founder of PTScientists explained that “The great thing about this LTE solution is that it saves so much power, and the less energy we use sending data, the more we have to do science!”Fair enough!