AT&T said Tuesday it has launched a trial of its technology which could potentially allow for the delivery of internet speeds exceeding 1 gigabit per second via a millimeter wave (mmWave) signal guided by power lines.
This is the second trial, and was deployed in Georgia, USA, with Georgia Power. The company previously launched an international version of its Project AirGig technology.
According to AT&T, the idea is that one day, there will be no need to build new towers or bury new cables in locations close to aerial power lines. Instead, using AirGig patented technology, devices would be installed to provide high speed broadband which can be clamped on by trained electrical workers in just a few minutes.
Project AirGig is part of our ongoing effort to accelerate internet connections to a gig or more through both wired and wireless solutions,” said Andre Fuetsch, president, AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer. “But it also stands alone as a radically innovative solution to bridge the global digital divide. If these trials and our continued research and development turn out the way we intend, we’ll take a big step toward bringing hyper-fast connectivity to people everywhere.”
There is no timeline yet for the commercial deployment of the technology, the company stated.