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Topic # 230528 28-Feb-2018 10:12
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Saw this earlier on and now got a press release... Comment away, I know you want:

 

 

Vodafone New Zealand is excited to share the news of a joint initiative between Vodafone Germany, Berlin based PTScientists and Audi to bring 4G coverage to the Moon next year - 50 years after the first NASA astronauts walked on its surface.

 

Today Vodafone Group announced it has appointed Nokia as technology partner to develop the space-grade network, which will weigh less than a bag of sugar.

 

Vodafone’s network expertise will be used to set up the Moon’s first 4G network, connecting two Audi lunar quattro rovers to a base station in the Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA).

 

The ‘Mission to the Moon’ project is the first privately-funded Moon landing, and is due to launch in 2019 from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

 

Vodafone New Zealand Consumer Director, Matt Williams said, “Last year Vodafone globally declared its intention to fully embrace the future of technology – what better way to bring that to life, than to enable live-streaming of HD video from the Moon’s surface to a global audience.

 

“It is hugely exciting to see a technology initiative of this size and scale take flight which will substantially support future missions to space. It’s a sign of what’s to come, as rapid advancements in technology continue to make the seemingly impossible a reality,” Matt said.

 

Nokia, through Nokia Bell Labs, will create a space-grade Ultra Compact Network that will be the lightest ever developed - weighing less than one kilo.

 

The 4G network will enable the Audi lunar quattro rovers to communicate and transfer scientific data and HD video while they carefully approach and study NASA’s Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle that was used by the last astronauts to walk on the Moon (Commander Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt) to explore the Taurus-Littrow valley in December 1972.

 

Vodafone testing indicates that the base station should be able to broadcast 4G using the 1800 MHz frequency band and send back the first ever live HD video feed of the Moon’s surface, which will be broadcast to a global audience via a deep space link that interconnects with the PTScientists server in the Mission Control Centre in Berlin.

 

A 4G network is highly energy efficient compared to analogue radio and that will be crucial to Mission to the Moon and is the first step to building communications infrastructure for future missions.

 

Vodafone Germany CEO, Dr Hannes Ametsreiter, commented: “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.”

 

Robert Böhme, CEO and Founder of PTScientists, said: “This is a crucial first step for sustainable exploration of the solar system. In order for humanity to leave the cradle of Earth, we need to develop infrastructures beyond our home planet. With Mission to the Moon we will establish and test the first elements of a dedicated communications network on the Moon. 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!”

 

Nokia Chief Technology Officer and Bell Labs President, Marcus Weldon, said: “We are very pleased to have been selected by Vodafone to be their technology partner. This important mission is supporting, among other things, the development of new space-grade technologies for future data networking, processing and storage, and will help advance the communications infrastructure required for academics, industry and educational institutions in conducting lunar research. 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.”

 





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  Reply # 1965573 28-Feb-2018 10:14
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Ok, I will start. Befuddled call centre worker answering call from ISS astronaut complaining they aren't getting data from the moon rover vehicles and asks:

 

  • "Have you tried turning off and on again?"
  • "Is your moon rover vehicle SIM unlocked?"
  • "Have you tried installing a Sure Signal in that location?"
  • "Sorry, we don't have a record of coverage in that location you might want to try another provider."




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  Reply # 1965574 28-Feb-2018 10:16
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the moon is very lucky to be getting 4G :)





 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1965603 28-Feb-2018 10:35
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Coverage map:

Sea of Tranquility = 4g
Eketahuna = Nope

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  Reply # 1965609 28-Feb-2018 10:40
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The eloquent words reflected in their press release does not do anything for the copious amounts of complaints from disenchanted customers.


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  Reply # 1965614 28-Feb-2018 10:46
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Me checks it's not April 1st today

 

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  Reply # 1965616 28-Feb-2018 10:49
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Linux:

 

Me checks it's not April 1st today

 

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Perhaps their spin doctors could be advised of this fact.

 

 


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  Reply # 1965617 28-Feb-2018 10:49
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How bloody stupid 


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  Reply # 1965619 28-Feb-2018 10:51
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Of all the things they could spend money on (like improving thier customer service) to improve things for their hundreds of thousands of customers, they decided to improve coverage in an area that <10 people have been to in the past 50+ years. 

 

Sounds intelligent and entirely Vodafone like. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1965691 28-Feb-2018 11:37
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stuzz: Coverage map:

Sea of Tranquility = 4g
Eketahuna = Nope

 

To be fair, more people have or want to visit the Moon :) 

 

 


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  Reply # 1965696 28-Feb-2018 11:39
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stuzz: Coverage map:

Sea of Tranquility = 4g
Eketahuna = Nope

 

To be fair, more people have or want to visit the Moon :) 

 

 

 

 

One day to deal with population explosion.


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  Reply # 1965737 28-Feb-2018 12:09
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Does this mean I'll finally get good VF signal at my place (when I can see the moon)?





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  Reply # 1965834 28-Feb-2018 13:20
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Perhaps if you used a big enough aerial?

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  Reply # 1965847 28-Feb-2018 13:30
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Will this destination be included in Vodafone's $5 / day roaming please?




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Reply # 1965868 28-Feb-2018 13:47
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coffeebaron: Will this destination be included in Vodafone's $5 / day roaming please?

 

@mikehales can you please confirm :P

 

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  Reply # 1965883 28-Feb-2018 14:02
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Will a new, separate, CRM system be required for moon base customers?

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