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Fly Me to the Moon: Nokia & Vodafone Team Up for Lunar Expedition

Ray Le Maistre

BARCELONA -- MWC 2018 -- When Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri hinted at an "out of this world" deal with Vodafone during a media briefing here on Sunday (a.k.a. "Day 0"), many took that to mean a major 5G commercial contract coming down the pipe.

That may happen, of course, but the otherworldly reference appears to be linked to a project called Mission to the Moon, which involves taking a mini 4G basestation to the lunar surface.

Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), along with Audi, has been involved in the "Mission to the Moon" project, which is being organized by an international group called Part Time Scientists, for some time: The aim is to send two lunar rovers to the moon and have them connected to, and managed by, a 4G basestation. Now, it seems, Nokia's Bell Labs is involved.

Nokia has jumped aboard the Mission to the Moon.
Nokia has jumped aboard the Mission to the Moon.

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) isn't talking about this yet but Vodafone already has the basestation on its stand with the Bell Labs logo on antennas and the bodywork. There's no doubt that Bell Labs still delivers some of the most intriguing innovation in the communications industry and under Marcus Weldon, its president, it's become more adept at highlighting high-profile opportunities to showcase that innovation. This looks like another classic example of such a move.

One of the Audi lunar rovers that will connect to the 4G basestation.
One of the Audi lunar rovers that will connect to the 4G basestation.

And maybe there'll be a 5G contract thrown in too?

— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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3/6/2018 | 1:46:30 PM
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It did seem that the publicity garnered by the Lunar communication idea probably made the whole effort worthwhile to get some brand publicity for free. Whether this project will really fly or "float" on the moon remains to be seen I would guess.
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