Nokia has been awarded a $14.1 million contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to set up a 4G cellular network on the moon. NASA has a budget of $370 million for the development of the “Tipping Point” selections that have been marked for advance research and space exploration.

With NASA’s vision, Nokia is planning to establish a 4G/LTE network, which will be eventually transitioned to 5G. Announcing the news, NASA called it “the first LTE/4G communications system in space”.

“The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds, and provide more reliability than current standards,” the federal space agency added.

The research arm of the mobile phone manufacturer and technology developer, Bell Labs, provided further details about the project on Twitter. Nokia is aiming to provide adequate network connection that could support wireless operation of the lunar rovers, navigation and video streaming.

Bell Labs added that the compact and efficient system will be “specially designed to withstand the extreme temperature, radiation and vacuum conditions of space”.

In a live broadcast, NASA had made the announcement adding that the network is expected to be used in spacecrafts in the future. The technology for the moon is being developed though NASA did not reveal any details about the timeline of this project.

According to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, the federal space agency is planning to set up its lunar base on the moon by 2028.