Nokia to Provide Cell Service on the Moon (and Other Space Stories)

Nokia to Provide Cell Service on the Moon (and Other Space Stories)
Nokia to Provide Cell Service on the Moon (and Other Space Stories)
Rich Smith, The Motley Fool

Nokia (NYSE: NOK), the company that started out producing paper in Finland, evolved into the world's largest cellphone company, then lost that franchise and refocused on telecom infrastructure instead, has just won a $14 million NASA contract to build a 4G wireless cellphone network on the moon! Integrated into a lunar lander spacecraft that will make moonfall in 2022, Nokia's central 4G system will permit lunar rovers (which will arrive later) to communicate with their base camp, and from there with orbiting spacecraft and Earth itself. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is the world's biggest pure-play defense contractor, and also one of NASA's top 10 contractors by dollars awarded.