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A telecommunications tower is pictured as the moon passes into the Earth's shadow during a lunar eclipse as seen in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jan. 31, 2018. VOA

Several high-tech companies are teaming up on a plan to put a mobile phone network on the moon next year.

Vodaphone Germany, Nokia, and Audi are working on a mobile network and robotic vehicles that are part of a private expedition to the moon timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary year of the first manned lunar landing.

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Project scientists say the system uses less energy than having rovers speak directly to Earth, leaving more power for scientific activities. Pixabay

The project with PTScientists in Germany would use a 4G network to send high-definition information from rovers back to a lunar lander, which would then be able to communicate it back to Earth.

They plan to launch the vehicles from Cape Canaveral next year on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket. (VOA)

  • Phil Johnson

    Why are they wasting money on shit like this?

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Nokia Plans to Cut Jobs, Says Slow 5G Progress Not Cause For Layoffs

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, Nokia currently employs 100,000 people worldwide, 6,000 of them in Finland

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Nokia to cut jobs, says slow 5G progress not cause for layoffs.

Finnish telecommunication giant Nokia on Tuesday announced its plans to cut jobs, media reported.

Nokia gave 350 as a layoff target in Finland, and said the figures in France and Germany would be higher, but did not specify.

However, the company denied that the cuts would be related to the slower than expected launch of 5G technology, Xinhua news agency reported.

Instead, the aim is to make operations more efficient as the consolidation after the purchase of the French Alcatel-Lucent has been completed.

Tommi Uitto, director in charge of Nokia’s operations in Finland, said the changes are “necessary”. The cutbacks are part of 700-million-euro (about $798.7 million) savings announced in October 2018. Thereafter Marc Rouanne, one of the key directors, left the company.

In line with the government's Digital India programme, Nokia on Wednesday launched a "Smartpur" digital village project with the aim of developing 500 digitally integrated villages across the country in five years.
Nokia gave 350 as a layoff target in Finland, and said the figures in France and Germany would be higher, but did not specify. Pixabay

In France, the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) accused Nokia on Tuesday of attempting to improve profitability through shifting work to countries where labour costs are lower than in France.

Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat quoted the union as saying that Nokia has broken its 2016 promise to the then finance minister Emmanuel Macron that staff size at Alcatel-Lucent and Bell Labs would remain at 4,200 for two years.

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CGT claimed that Nokia had also broken its pledge to employ 2,500 new staffers in research and development. Helsingin Sanomat economics writer Petri Sajari said the French unions could turn the Nokia cutbacks against President Macron.

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, Nokia currently employs 100,000 people worldwide, 6,000 of them in Finland. (IANS)